by Andrew Taylor-Troutman
In a hospital, they sang hymns — a father and his grown daughter, together in the ICU, after he had nearly died. Now I still hear them — how sweet the sound! — in my quiet prayers. How silently, how silently I keep recalling their teary joyful relief to still be a breathing duet. Tune my heart to sing thy grace, each wondrous gift that is given; teach me to number my days, my spirit open to listen.
Andrew Taylor-Troutman is the author of Gently Between the Words: Essays and Poems and pastor of Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.