Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Prayer by Maya Angelou

Many years ago I had the opportunity to meet Maya Angelou and hear her read some of her poems and prayers. I've been carrying around this prayer on a yellowing piece of newsprint ever since, and so I share this with you:


Father, Mother God,
Thank you for your presence
during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.

Thank you for your presence
during the bright and sunny days,
for then we can share that which we have
with those who have less.

And thank you for your presence
during the Holy Days, for then we are able
to celebrate you and our families
and our friends.

For those who have no voice,
we ask you to speak.

For those who feel unworthy,
we ask you to pour your love out
in waterfalls of tenderness.

For those who live in pain,
we ask you to bathe them
in the river of your healing.

For those who are lonely, we ask
you to keep them company.

For those who are depressed,
we ask you to shower upon them
the light of hope.

Dear Creator, You, the borderless
sea of substance, we ask you to give all the
world that which we need most -- Peace.

-- Maya Angelou

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I too have been carrying this beautiful prayer around on a yellowing piece of newspaper. This prayer touches me in a place in my heart that most needs peace.