We start with a thought, a hymn and a prayer
Confession, amen, the reading we share
The summit, the aim, now gets its first mention
I lovingly paint it for your attention
First come the foothills, the background, the hurt
Trudging around in a morass of dirt
A question, a fact, a story, a joke
A laugh from the hearers, a face pulled, a poke!
Now our attention comes back to the climb
Dispose of the dangers, reach for the sublime
To take them I pray, I donegalise too
Using word pictures I know will get through
Who in the Bible also faced life this way?
What part of their journey can help us today?
Let’s glance past transcendence, to future so bright
Now is the time to remind them of Light
Light brings us a story, parable, riddle, psalm
Hymn writers, quotations will do us no harm
We’re nearing the peak now, the aim stated again
To live by the power His Spirit we claim
It needs to be real, practical, wise, liv-able too
Please God show us all just what we must do
But now there’s a twist, the hearers, drawn in,
Realise now just how involved they’ve become
Their hearts are invested and opened and wide
Dropped most of their guard; May He come inside?
Now at the summit, the Light clothed in white
Speaking His Word, transcends sense, sound and sight.
 Donegalise – a word invented by Michael Ward in his book Planet Narnia to mean investing even small words with the main theme, thus adding flavour and feeling to the experience of the reader.
Donegality is the atmosphere to be Enjoyed, so pervasive that it is unnoticeable, because we are constantly experiencing it. (Ward, 2010)