Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A prayer by Maya Angelou for your day

I keep a yellowing piece of newsprint in the back of my Daily Office book. On it is a prayer by poet Maya Angelou. I posted this prayer here on this blog almost two years ago, so perhaps it is time again to share it with you. I've prayed this frequently of late, with so many in our midst who are hurting, and so many others who are joyful (especially the graduates!). We live in a holy mix of people. Here again is Ms. Angelou's prayer...

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.
Art by Kathrin Burleson

1 comment:

Christie said...

Jim, I love this poem. Thank you so much for sharing it.