Woman above Pacific OceanIt takes faith to fly,
to trust the many mechanical parts
and all those fallible people
who build, maintain, and pilot
the winged behemoths that
carry us coast to coast.
Have pity, Lord, on those who
look beneath the airliner's flaps
and see the chaos of pistons,
cables, pipes, and rivets, who
tentatively take their seats
Have pity on us, too, who
dare to observe our own thinking,
the chaos of instinct and conjecture,
and yet write and photograph, who
let our thoughts take wing


Photo of clouds and sky and, far below, the farms of the Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Photo and prayer 2014 by Danny N. Schweers

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