Prayer for another morning:
May you stay in love with the world,
Maybe even a little more than you were before.
May you eat a small piece of chocolate in the afternoon,
and may it taste dark like a new moon, and light like powdered snow.
May you stay in love with the people around you, enough to
stay home and hope the seed starters grow, and cry if you need,
and hide from the kids if you need.
May you be protected if you have to go out.
Take this prayer with you, because we cannot offer much more from here.
And if you are going to work, it is likely because it is on our behalf. Thank you.
The world is untamed, and in this quietness, you might learn that so are you.
In spring 2020, we hosted a series of live prayer-writing sessions on Zoom. By its very nature, the form of prayer is simply an attempt, an imperfect use of language work with concepts much larger than ourselves. The prayers we wrote were not religiously based and were open to interpretation and individual need.
These moments together twice a week felt nothing short of holy. The writing that was shared in the sessions and on social media was vulnerable, powerful, and healing.
We currently are not holding live prayer writing sessions anymore, but we recorded all of them so you can do some of that important writing yourself. To access the recordings, just register for this free course.
You can also read some of the prayers from these sessions here.
(Please feel free to copy and paste your own prayer under the day the prayer was written for. It doesn't need to be revised or in perfect condition. By sharing, you are agreeing to let others see and read it.)
It doesn't have to be the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones;
just pay attention, then patch a few words together
and don't try to make them elaborate,
this isn't a contest, but a doorway into thanks
and a silence in which another voice may speak.
-Mary Oliver, from Thirst