Our own Leslie Middleton wrote this prayer this morning and shared it with us a few minutes ago with a piece of art she created. Here is her prayer:
Peace in my heart is not something I know.
In my mind, I think “Peace. This could be a good thing.”
In my heart, I cry to be free.
I cry to be free of all that is un-peaceful in my heart.
I can barely look across the desert and see the
Dark children with swollen bellies, walking slowly
Until they can no longer walk.
I can barely look at the women in my town,
Black, overweight, alone with their children’s
Children, eating day-old sweets and hot dogs.
I can barely see the ground beneath bulldozers,
Plowed under for concrete and cars.
I can barely see the green that splits the
Pavement wide, the power of soil and light.
I can, barely, in this quiet,
Except for the peace that eludes me, the bloody
World, the place within my heart where unrest resides.
But God, below me is light. I think.
Was there first, I believe.
Comes with the dawn, I must trust.
Ever more, I pray.