Haiku is a precise poetic discipline. Originating in Japan it seeks to bring together two contrasting ideas in a tight compact poem of 3 lines. Modern Haiku has slipped free of the precise constraints of numbers of syllables (traditionally 17 divided into 3 phrases of 5, 7, 5) yet seeks to retain its intention and form.
Prayer can be like Haiku. Capturing perhaps the contrasting issues of struggle and resolution, repentance and forgiveness, petition and thanksgiving, praise and worship. Point and counterpoint.
Prayers need not be long and drawn out, indeed Jesus in conversation with his followers says "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him" (Matt 6:7-8).
Walking to the bus stop this morning (I had taken my car to the garage for its annual service), with clouds scudding overhead and wind and rain in my face, I was reminded of a short attempt at Haiku that I had written on just such a day.
Winter clouds across dawn skies
Bring shades of mourning.
And His reign brings sweet rebirth.
(c) Martin Wild 2017
Living bounded by time as we are, the seasons remind us of our mortality, but our faith reminds us of our eternal blessings and new life. Point and counterpoint.