I’m taking deep breaths, and closing my eyes, and releasing whatever is loose and ready to depart from my being. Grant me the courage to let go of more.
I am stretching my limbs, and keeping parts moving, tending the aches, and easing the tensions that hold me back. Grant me the ease of movement in all the spaces I occupy.
I am settling into the comfort of what will support me: the pillows, the tea blends, the hugs of children, the loaves of bread, the faith of the ancients. Grant me the freedom to take care of myself.
I am anxious and tender, cautious and trusting, wobbly on the feet of my competence as I navigate tenuous times. Grant me the grace to honor the complexity of my feelings.
I am praying for the health of communities throughout the world, the earth, our vulnerable, our essentials, our beloveds, and the neighbors we don’t know. Grant each of us the vision of a world healed by love, rooted in the ultimate love that is you.
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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