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Poem: “I Recognize You, Lord”

I Recognize You, Lorddating, marriage, love

When we walk together,
discussing scripture
as though we’re on
the Emmaus Road.

I recognize You
in the breaking of
communal bread
at communion,

family suppers,
and potluck dinners
when we talk of You
around the table.

Your peace, I recognize
within – and without
as trouble stirs
when I forgot to pray.

I recognize You, Lord,
in inspired songs and music,
in babies with arms upraised
in glowing faces, and in
worship overflowing with praise.

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016


Mary Harwell Sayler is a lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, the Church, prayer, and poetry. Her published works include hundreds of poems and 27 books in all genres. She discusses poetry forms and techniques on the Poetry Editor & Poetry blog.


  • Guy McClung

    This is the hard one – to see Jesus, especially in those you can’t stand. Or in the mirror. Thanks for the pre-weekend uplift. Hope yours is a fullofwonder weekend. Guy