A Prodigal Prayer



I have not been here in decades

I wonder if you still remember me

But I didn’t know where else to turn

With all the fear that’s so easily seen


With all the things I have seen so far

I discounted if you were even there

Now, as we face down this common foe

I must hope, for them, you still care


I kneel and ask in remembered words

That if I have been spiritually absent

Do not hold my failures against them

The faithful need your strength sent


I am praying for them, not for myself

What could my faith have possibly earned

I will see my beliefs through to the end

Knowing full-well the bridges I burned


But your multitude of faithful and true

Those who have perpetually believed

Their pleas are sent along with mine

In hopes your blessings received


You can turn from me and what I ask

No need for my prodigal prayers

But if you want to win me back

Then show me a God who cares




25 Responses to “A Prodigal Prayer”
  1. Matt P says:

    I’ve been spiritually absent too, with the ‘burned bridges’. That’s until recently.

  2. beth says:

    i so understand this, as i’m not a traditionally religious person, but try to live by the kindness and compassion creed in everything i do.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Beth! You so get it. I worried it was vague or obtuse, but you picked up on the sentiment as clear as a bell. Thanks for all your support, always! ❤

      • Jim Borden says:

        I’m with you and Beth. At the end of the day, it’s all about kindness and compassion towards each other and ourselves. That’s what will help us return to “normal”…

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Very well, said! I’m right there with you. Originally, I was contemplating another long comment, but again, it’s another passionate subject that I would inevitably continue to ramble on about, so sometimes simple is best. Thank you for always sharing pieces of your soul. It’s nice to read your words and know there’s someone out there who “gets” me. ❤❤❤

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Very beautiful Brad. I love all your lines. We all benefit from prayer I know we do as I have seen so many miracles. I pray God keeps you safe, healthy and loved Brad. Such an enduring poem. Love and hugs to you Brad.

  5. sangita2020 says:

    Nice. Faith is all we have to hold on to in these trying times.

  6. “I am praying for them, not for myself” Oh, how much this says. Beautiful poem Brad.
    Peace and love my friend.

  7. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    It is easy to think God is not around, especially with all the pain, death and disease we are encountering in our world on a daily basis, but you have analysed this in your thoughts and concluded that God is still there and you have reached out in the most unselfish manner, in the most human manner, in the manner in which God returns and answers prayers and provides the succor of Heaven. Wonderful Brad. You are a true poet and artist. Hoping you are well and good and wishing you a lovely Tuesday afternoon.
    All the best

  8. blindzanygirl says:

    Oh wow. There is so much that I could say on this one. But I will refrain, and just join you in your prayer.

  9. nicely coined title and insight Brad. Keep it coming.

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