Submitted by Aisling on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 20:32

o sweet exchange
which takes my heart and gives me Yours
the white host asks the question
“will you lose yourself for Me?”
o blessed hope
heart hallowed, held, unhindered
says “Amen”
tear out from me myself
pour into me Your life-blood
and the kiss of the host on my lips, my tongue
says I am not my own
and in the loss of myself, I am found

o hallowed meeting
take my life and give me Yours
the white host asks the question
“will you give your life for Me?”
o darling look
love living, longing, enlivened
says “I do”
I die to all that is of me
choose life, and choose to find it in Your love
and the kiss of the host on my heart, my soul
says I am dying and rising
and in the sacrifice I come alive

o dearest promise
which takes my loaves and fish and feeds the world
the white host asks the question
“will you give your all to Me?”
o sacred face
faith fallen, fearful, unfurled
cries “I will”
I choose to trust You with my life
come in, come have Your way with me
and the power in the little white host
is that I am nothing on my own
and I am everything in You
I am all I have to give
but all I am is all You ask for
and in my emptiness I am filled
and in my givenness I am free

enter, o Holy One, this heart
come, hollow out my soul
hallow this ground
and here, o Lamb of God, abide
here reign, receive my life, restore
Your image, here
and here be lifted high


Author's age when written


I can not tell you how much I liked this poem!!! It was soooo beautiful!!!!!!

"Out of doubt, out of dark to the day's rising,
I came singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.
To hope's end I rode and to heart's breaking:
Now for wrath, now for ruin and a red nightfall!"
~Return of the King


The Holy Spirit is the quiet guest of our soul." -St. Augustine

Aisling, I keep forgetting how well your writing flows, and how very creative and beautiful it is, until you post something new and remind me all over. This is one of the most beautiful poems... I especially loved the ending. So rich.

"We have been created for greater things. Why stoop down to things that will spoil the beauty of our hearts?" ~Mother Theresa

This is amazing!! It's so beautiful!!

May I have permission to copy out this poem??
"Sing as if no one is listening;
Dance like no one is watching;
Live as if you will die tomorrow;
Love like it will never hurt."
-Old Irish Saying

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]


That was... Epic. Epic is the only word I can think of to describe it.
My work here is done.

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

this is sooooooooo beautiful, and lovley!
"...this is my tale, and it is ended. Good-bye." Pippin

A beautiful prayer.


Words are at their highest when they are used as a window through which we can see God.
~ Paul David Tripp

Brother: Your character should drive a motorcycle.
Me: He can't. He's in the wilderness.
Brother: Then make it a four-wheel-drive motorcycle!

This is awesome, Aisling.


"When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better and more amazing."


"Sweet is the love that never knew a wound, but deeper that which died and rose again." - Mother Mary Francis