Prayers & Prose For Peace

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Helen Keller: She, In The Dark

In the dark,
Found light
Brighter than many ever see.

Within herself,
Found loveliness,
Through the soul’s own mastery.

And now the world receives
From her dower:
The message of the strength
Of inner power.

—Langston Hughes

Sunlight Floor

Be Ready

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

— William Stafford

Help Yourself

A Difficult Knot

Releasing the separate one
is a difficult knot.
Finding yourself is something
only you can do.
Imagine yourself coming back
10 years from today
Through time, to help you
where you must be now.

— Jim Cohn

Reaching Hand

Just For Today?

How would it be
if just for today
we thought less about contests and rivalries,
profits and politics,
winners and sinners,
and more about
helping and giving,
mending and blending,
reaching out
and pitching in?

How would it be?

— Anonymous

Do My Best

I Promise In Quiet Ways

I promise.
In quiet ways, most not seen.
To be myself,
to love enough,
to dream.
To give myself and you and me
a strong heart
a place to be.
To reach out
and color true,
to love a child
that’s me,
that’s you.


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