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.
one winter afternoon
(at the magical hour
when is becomes if)
a bespangled clown
standing on eighth street
handed me a flower.
to say,observed him but
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
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