Dear God,

Taking off over Palmerston North, New Zealand. 

If, for a moment,
I could hear all the talking,
all the thinking,
all the longing,
all the hoping,
all the cursing,
all the shopping lists
and reminder chimes

even of these few houses below me

let along of all the houses
in all the cities
and towns
and villages

and the tents in all the refugee camps
and the shipping liners at sea
and the voices
of those who have no home

If I could hear even a fraction of all of that
I would be overwhelmed.

You are God.
Counting hairs.
Receiving our prayers.
Closer to us than even our breath.
All of everyone’s breath.

You are God.
I praise and thank you.


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department.

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