Leave me alone with God
as much as may be.
As the tide draws the waters
close in upon the shore.
Make me an island, set apart,
alone with you, God,
holy to you.
Then with the turning of the tide
prepare me to carry your presence
to the busy world that rushes in on me
till the waters come again
and fold me back to you.
This prayer alludes to the situation of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where St Aidan established a monastery. It is an island cut off from the mainland at the sea’s high tide, but is accessible on foot via a causeway at low tide.
For more about St Aidan see Aidan of Lindisfarne here.