In the Urgent Moment

    “In the Urgent Moment,” Ensign, June 1971, 120

    In the Urgent Moment

    Dear Lord—my life so frequently is teeming

    with motion and commotion of a kind

    that makes an hour of silence and reflection

    almost impossible, sometimes, to find.

    But yet I need thee in the urgent moment,

    and cannot wait for quiet to implore—

    so I must seek thee quickly out of chaos,

    as often to adore thee as implore.

    Receive the offering swiftly as it leaves me;

    informal though it be, it’s fresh and free.

    If I should wait until the solemn evening,

    my orison would be stale bread to thee.