Dear God, I awaken, I rise. I tend to the needs of my body. Lumbering into motion, I inspect the perimeter, I see what has become misplaced overnight. An item not in its usual spot. Who has been here?
The sun peeks upward and my heart quickens. I arm for battle. Time, now, to leave my dwelling and present myself to the world. Boots, girdle, gauntlets, helmet.
O! This is no way to live, ready always to defend.
Lord. Take me back to my dressing room. Sit me down. Let my belly relax, my breath go slow and deep.
Who called for a warrior? I bring a sword to a wedding feast and am rightly seen as an intruder.
Let me, relaxed and breathing slowly, peel off the armor, set down the weaponry. Sandaled feet, soft clothes, open hands, smiling face. This is how a friend arrives.
Let me be friend to this day.