Come Healing: a Prayer by Leonard Cohen

On Thursday, November 10, fans of this Canadian poet/singer/songwriter grieved the loss of a friend.  This prayer in song speaks into the grief and longing of so many of us.

O gather up the brokenness / And bring it to me now / The fragrance of those promises you never dared to vow / The splinters that you carry / The cross you left behind / Come healing of the body / Come healing of the mindcohen2

And let the heavens hear it / The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit / Come healing of the limb

Behold the gates of mercy / In arbitrary space
And none of us deserving / The cruelty or the grace

O solitude of longing / Where love has been confined
Come healing of the body / Come healing of the mind

O see the darkness yielding / That tore the light apart / Come healing of the reason / Come healing of the heart / O troubled dust concealing / An undivided love / The heart beneath is teaching / To the broken heart above

Let the heavens falter / Let the earth proclaim
Come healing of the altar / Come healing of the name

O longing of the branches / To lift the little bud
O longing of the arteries / To purify the blood

And let the heavens hear it / The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit / Come healing of the limb

O let the heavens hear it / The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit / Come healing of the limb

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s