You may have heard that my mom passed recently. Thank you for the cards and prayers, food and understanding. I am thankful for the time I had with her and the relationship we worked on together. I am also thankful that she is at rest. When I am weary, I turn to well-loved sources of inspiration. I added Psalm 23 to a recent service because I love to live with that writing, and for more modern inspiration, I turn to the writings of a one-time acquaintance, Steve Garnaas-Holmes. Here is what he wrote on 6/19/22 and posted on www.unfoldinglight.net
May I Embody your Grace
Spirit Within, may I embody your grace.
May I not seek to be right, but to be gentle,
not to get my way but to be kind, never to surrender my tenderness.
May I be faithful and steadfast, and see people with my faith, not my fears,
only to raise up and not push down, to set free and not to corner,
to bless, not to use, never to surrender my compassion.
May I clearly bear witness to your prayer for us,
and speak and act for justice for the sake of all who are not free,
never to surrender my conviction.
Grant me courage to be loving, wisdom to be humble, strength to be gentle.
Spirit Within, by your grace, may I embody your grace.