IMG_1299Blessed One,
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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