• David Carlson

318 O Spirit, bring out of this time of global and national chaos a new creation

Day 318: January 28th, 2021

O Spirit, bring out of this time of global and national chaos a new creation

The very first paragraph of the Scripture that informs the three Abrahamic traditions tells us: the Divine Spirit breathed over the waters of chaos and brought forth a new creation.


Encouraged by this promise that a new creation can come from chaos, let us pray:


O Divine Spirit!


During the weeks and months ahead, stir our hearts and minds that we might fight for a vision that is worthy of you and your call to honor the dignity of all of your creation.


A vision of who we are as a people, grounded in community and care for all, especially the most marginalized.


A vision that cares for our earth and heals the planet.


A vision that ends structural racism, bigotry and sexism so rife now in our nation and in our history.

A vision that ensures hungry people are fed, children are nourished, immigrants are welcomed.



O Spirit, breathe in us and our leaders a new resolve… that committed to this new American Promise, we will work together to build a national community grounded in healing, fearlessly based on truth, and living out of a sense of shared responsibility.



In the name of all that is holy, O Spirit, bring out of this time of global and national chaos a new creation, a new community that can, with your help, realize this New Promise that we affirm tonight.


With profound hope, let We The People say: Amen!


- Sr. Simone’s Invocation to the Democratic National Convention,

Thursday, August 20, 2020.


Poem




one winter afternoon


(at the magical hour

when is becomes if)


a bespangled clown

standing on eighth street

handed me a flower.


Nobody,it’s safe

to say,observed him but


myself;and why?because


without any doubt he was

whatever(first and last)


mostpeople fear most:

a mystery for which i’ve

no word except alive


–that is,completely alert

and miraculously whole;


with not merely a mind and a heart


but unquestionably a soul–

by no means funereally hilarious


(or otherwise democratic)

but essentially poetic

or ethereally serious:


a fine not a coarse clown

(no mob,but a person)


and while never saying a word


who was anything but dumb;

since the silence of him


self sang like a bird.

Mostpeople have been heard

screaming for international


measures that render hell rational

–i thank heaven somebody’s crazy


enough to give me a daisy


- e.e. cummings


SONGS


"Let It Be" (The Beatles Cover) | GENTRI Covers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3wu3RbVqd8


12 Tenors - You Raise Me Up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWeVqw7CsIE


The Tenors - Forever Young (Studio Session)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E6-AYce-_M



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