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    Poem: “Petition”

    By Nikki Grimes

    June 18, 2021

      Absolutely Inspiring.

    We are all adept
    at the loose use of language
    flinging words about
    like so much confetti.
    But intercession
    is no casual endeavor, no sweet
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
    Intercession is deep soul-work.
    To intercede is to plead with God
    on behalf of another
    slipping on another’s skin
    standing beneath the canopy
    of another’s sin
    and asking the
    inventor of mercy
    to forgive us both.
    Daniel modeled the truth for us:
    We are all guilty of something
    as recently as yesterday,
    every one of us, going back to Moses
    to Abraham and Sarah
    to Adam and Eve.
    God sees us for who we are.
    To go before him
    we must first agree.
    Then it is on us to recall
    the very nature of this Holy Father,
    his splendor, his might,
    his glorious grace
    proven through the ages.
    Only then are we prepared
    to pray for another
    groaning with as much passion
    as we would summon for ourselves.
    Dear Abba, please hear our petition
    we who are desperate and unworthy
    we who are called
    by your name.

    Daniel 9:1-19

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    Jacob Lawrence, The migration gained in momentum.

    From Glory in the Margins by Nikki Grimes. Copyright 2021 by Nikki Grimes. Used by permission of Paraclete Press.

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    New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2020 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.

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