snowy branchesI have one request today, God of my being. Steady my steps through these hours of betwixt and between.
The sun suggests warmth, but the snow stirs a tremble as I look out to the world beyond my own.
A family is mourning the loss of a loved one while another celebrates a long-awaited birth.
Some are hearing, “Yes!” and others sink at yet another, “No.”
These are familiar contradictions.
I’m used to them.
It wearies the soul to swing from jubilation to sorrow.

Grant me patience to take long, deep breaths.
Bathe me in grace to withstand the shadows.
Wrap me in joy to buffer the pain.
Whisper your love against the cacophony of hate.
Remind me to be, just as you are.

Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence. 

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