Mike Finley

(July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

A Prayer Against Pride


You are the winking stream,
We are all hiccup and failure.

You are love, a perfect dream.
We, a stumbling drunkard.

You are faithful like a mighty tree.
We are momentary tinder.

To you belongs the victory,
Our only hope, surrender.



(2006)

Submitted: Friday, April 28, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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  • Scarlett Treat (4/28/2006 11:21:00 AM)

    Mike, I truly think this is a powerful prayer, . one that I would be proud to pray myself. Thank you for giving it to us. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Shepherd (4/28/2006 10:27:00 AM)

    I too was taught that one should render everything back to its source.

    I like the idea of prayers on PH. The old ones are finely written, OK, but there's one hell of a scope for new ones.. (Report) Reply

  • Raynette Eitel (4/28/2006 10:11:00 AM)

    Someone once taught that the way to get power is to give it away. That's why your word, 'surrender, ' is so important in this prayer.

    Raynette (Report) Reply

  • Esther Leclerc (4/28/2006 9:59:00 AM)

    And 'surrender' differs from 'giving up' or 'giving in'. There is strength in this kind. Thanks for this, Mike. (Report) Reply

  • ***** ********* (4/28/2006 9:58:00 AM)

    I Love it Mike, Pride is such a difficult mountain to climb. Falling down it can be deadly if you haven't got a good grip to start with! lol 10 from flying instead! Tai (Report) Reply

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