Tick Tock so Slowly Slips Away the Precious Sabbath Clock
By Katherine B. Parilli
Tick Tock goes the clock
I do not know what to do.
What a joy,
But I am so tired
My body to weary
To rejoice as it should.
Tick tock slips away reach precious hour
Yet I only sit and yawn.
My heart should rejoice.
My limbs burst with joy
At the delight hidden within each holy hour
Yet I only long for peaceful slumber.
Oh my faithful Father,
How low your heart my weary head must bring.
With longing love
Your self-sacrificing Son draws near
But instead of rapturous joy upon my beaming face,
He instantly recognizes the tail tale sorrowful slipping lids.
Deep ling sighs,
Fill each slow ticking hour.
In sorrow the anxious angels must bend
Hoping to catch whisper of joy.
Instead of soft moans of deep fatigue
Distracting from the rich sermons of Your love.
I long deep down to prance with joy,
To bubble incessantly about some hidden treasure discovered by a rapturous heart
Filled and over with brimming love.
Only my body is weary,
My uncooperative eyelids grow heavy,
And sleep overcomes me like a straining toxic cloud.
That blessed Sabbath rest
That wondrous time where Heaven’s King bends low,
Is wasted upon my mind benumbed brow.
Oh give me strength!
Awaken my heavy rhythmically beating heart,
Burrowed down into the impenetrable bowls of intoxicating sleep.
A sleep so thick,
So like a heavy crushing fog,
Enveloping me deep within its unending thick blankets,
Until I am helplessly trapped within its mysterious unrelenting folds.
Unnatural in origin
A devouring tool of devilish delight.
To poison the beauty of the Sabbath hours.
Unnatural in nature
Its calculating talon grasp could only come from him.
So fearful lest a fleeting crumb of a blessing should fall
And destroy his vile power.
Or that his cruel influence should be diminished by the slightest crumb.
Oh give me rest in its due hour,
But awaken me for day lights duty.
Awaken me to walk with Thee
And to be able to study Thy awesome power!
Oh from this caustic sleep awaken me
To sup with Thee while there is yet time!
Destroy the devil’s deadly grasp
Until once more I awaken to delight
In the Sabbath’s golden hours!