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  • Writer's pictureErica Koser

a blessing for the small hours



rustled from sleep by a force unknown

darkness surrounds, confusion abounds


in the hazy half awake, half asleep

where is the blessing in the small hours?


the mind begins to do gymnastics of thought-

reality and dreams co-mingled in the darkness


worries spin uncontrolled, creating webs that ensnare

breath quickens, eyes search, thoughts run boundless


in the hazy half awake, half asleep

where is the blessing in the small hours?


breath in, breath out

God are you there?


breath in, breath out

Worry blossoms into prayer


darkness slips from chaos to comfort

Spirit breaths in, breaths out


worries given wings, heartbeat slows with the rhythm of prayer

be comfort, be strength, protect, and heal


in the hazy half awake, half asleep

where is the blessing in the small hours?


in the gentle return to spirit-held slumber

worry now nestled in prayer

This is the blessing of the small hours


Rev. Erica Koser







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