I am hobbling this day, maimed by the impact of over-everything. I have over-listened to entrenched privilege and patriarchal assumptions. I have over-tended the whiners and overused cliches against insults. I have overstepped the bounds of knowing better, for knowing better’s sake. I have overlooked my own complicity in things gone wrong, to the detriment of myself and others. I have overblown the perceived motives of others, and overindulged in self-righteousness. I overdid it, no matter how it is sliced.

So help me overcome, holy one. Extend your compassion and your mercy to each and every one of us who falls short or falls down. Help us overcome fear and bias, darkness of heart, and noise of mind. Extend the depth of your love to heal the wounds that get in the way of living a life saturated by love.  Disperse the debris over which we fall, and that cause us to hobble. We long to be over it. All of it.

Anne Fraley is an Episcopal priest serving Grace Church, Broad Brook, CT. A dog-lover from prepubescent days, she also dabbles in canine massage. Newly transitioned back to her home state, she is reveling in rediscovering old haunts and exploring new ones. Occasionally she succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.

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