Prayer for Memorial Day, 2016

On Memorial Day, we honor those men and women who have died while in military service. The day also gives the opportunity to recognize living veterans who continue to struggle with their experiences overseas and the hardship of reintegrating their lives at home.

I’ve heard veterans speak of the “deaths” carried in their hearts and minds, friends they lost in combat, and the pieces of their own souls, forever needing repair and compassion.

When someone passes in our community, we often learn of their achievements, their hobbies and friends, and their fully human lives.On this day, we recognize veterans who served and died, honoring their fully human lives, dedicated and vulnerable, courageous and fragile.

As the memorial poet John McCrae writes: “In flanders fields,” they “lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved.”

 5/29/2016

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A Desire Prayer

Spirit of Life, help us to see that each life is a miracle,

how our expression of ourselves is not simply born at birth but emerges as our genes and this wild human existence intertwine.

Show us that who we love, what we love, and why, are woven in a rich plaid tapestry of identity and desire.
Help us to become deeply connected to each other’s soul.
Help us to call each other by our “true names.”
Help others to see us.
Help us to stay open, humbly see the beauty in each person’s expression of themselves
on any given day.
Help us to affirm the patchwork of qualities

that make us who we are

that make us happy

that make us beautiful.

Help us to welcome the stranger and the outcast,
help us to see each other whole.
For this and more, we are so grateful.
Amen.

12/6/2015

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