ephphatha: be opened

Prayer in “quadrille” form, exactly forty-four words…link to dVerse Poets


Open my hands

to receive extravagant grace

Open my ears

to hear shepherd’s voice

Open my eyes

to see beauty of narrow way

Open my mind

to know transforming truth

Open my mouth

to speak words of hope

Open my heart

to love courageously.


Jesus spoke “Ephphatha!” to deaf/mute man (see Mark 7:31-37)

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sarahsouthwest
    Sep 19, 2016 @ 08:23:15

    Reminds me of St Patrick’s prayer. A brave prayer indeed.


  2. writerwannabe763
    Sep 18, 2016 @ 19:35:07

    How beautiful! Diane


  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Sep 17, 2016 @ 06:01:02

    What a beautiful and useful prayer!


  4. katiemiafrederick
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 23:17:32

    i find that
    with an open heArt..:)


  5. Mish
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 23:00:40

    We are blessed with so many possibilities…it is up to us to be open to them. This is beautiful, Lynn.


  6. othermary
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 19:26:56

    Ah, such profound faith.


  7. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 12:18:31

    It cannot be any better lynn! Great lines and great thoughts!



  8. Bryan Ens
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 07:30:36

    Beautiful prayer! And with the title of Ephphatha, each of those requests of “open my…” is a prayer for healing from our sinful conditions.


  9. Sanaa Rizvi
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 05:20:09

    This is absolutely incredible writing, Lynn ❤ Lovely poem 🙂


  10. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 14:30:11

    A wonderful prayer to make a part of the beginning of each day. How appropriate that you chose that gospel story: Be opened.


  11. kanzensakura
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 09:55:29

    I love all the opens in this. And yes, it does read like a prayer. Excellent use of the word.


  12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 09:05:13

    I think being open in all ways make the world a better place.


  13. whimsygizmo
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 09:04:38

    YES. Oh, yes. This reads like a Psalm. Perfection.


  14. Sumana Roy
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 08:38:07

    such beauty in all these words & so full of light, specially “Open my heart / to love courageously.”….


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