Prayer for Courage & Compassion (Morning Prayer) …

Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy
answers, and begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery
and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and
consequences that are inherent in each experience—to appreciate the fact
that life is complex.

— M. Scott Peck from The Road Less Traveled

 

For Courage

Know that you are not alone
And that this darkness has purpose;
Gradually it will school your eyes
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night-corner.

Invoke the learning
Of every suffering
You have suffered.

Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark.
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.

A new confidence will come alive
To urge you toward higher ground
Where your imagination
Will learn to engage difficulty
As its most rewarding threshold!
— John O’Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us

 

Inside

Inside this sitting here: —
this mind pulling knees up
close to the chest
with tense hands.

Inside this
movement of anxiety for the body
and its worries of money
and its teeth grinning falsely
to the solution of all things surrounding

is the seed
and the hands pressing down into the soil
and the dreams of generation
in the seed about to wake.

Tonight I will sleep with my worries
through dreams dark with soil
and the heavy cataclysm of the spade
turning earth round me
not speaking of air
or light fused with greenness
but of darkness
and the first leaves
like hands in prayer
clasped inside the seed.
— David Whyte from River Flow: New and Selected Poems

 

Morning Prayer

Giver of Clarity, whose vast Spirit hovers over and around us.

In the quiet morning, we breathe in your fullness. Settle us under the light of your Presence. Help us to let go of anything too burdensome to carry into this day. Simplify our work to only that which brings strength to another. Reveal your compassion and peace when harmful actions interrupt goodness. Guide us by your mercy to engage whole communities in ways that encompass hope.

Healing Presence, who delivers us out of the haze of our distractions.

Touch with tenderness any who are separated from you. Teach us to trust the silence which brings us to your accepting love. Brighten our lives through the kindness and beauty existing amongst us, moving us to participate in the recovery of another. Soften our tongues to be those who speak words of your mercy, justice and peace throughout this day.

Creative Beauty, who invites us daily toward the Holy.

Our eyes take in your glory, our ears hear living rhythms and our bodies refresh with each breath. Help us open wide the gate of silence moving us inward to dwell in the fullness of abiding Presence. Let these moments strengthen us for the work of love needed beyond us spreading peace amongst all. May this moment be the seed for revealing Creative Beauty again and again.

Amen.
— Janet Salbert (adapted from Simplify Our Work, Kindness and Gate of Silence)

 

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail. I try to increase the power God has given me to see the best in everything and every one, and make that Best a part of my life.

— Helen Keller from Optimism