Thank You for Your Presence …

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

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

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 to all the
world that which we need most — Peace.


— Prayer by Dr. Maya Angelou (from Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer)