I was asked to write a prayer to introduce an hour-long radio conversation on the subject of “Sabbath,” yesterday. I reprint it here, in hopes that it offers a moment of mindfulness in your Friday.
The way I see it, we can use all the help we can get!
Spirit of goodness in all that is….
In this month of changes, in this magical time between summer to fall…
Teach us daily that too much hurry annuls our sense of presence – to our own lives, to the hearts of others, and especially to the deep wisdom of the universe.
In a time of transitions, aging friendships and adjustments to gently loosening joints….
Teach us daily to have the courage of Sabbath hearts, to know when to be silent, to listen to the music beneath the noise, to see through the masquerades we are too prone to joining.
In a time of confusion, conflict and worry…
Teach us to remember that an attitude of receptivity is far more healing than one of reaction, that preserving our times of quiet reflection, the experience of beauty and the integrity of our hearts is the most important gift we can bring to our hurting world.
We know that there is a time for everything. Help us to not forget the beautiful truth of our personal seasons.
As we honor the Nativity of Mary, mother of God, our Sophia figure, and icon of healing wisdom, let us remember that the health of our bodies resides in our capacity for love, of our intellects in our steady calm and focus, and of our souls in our faithfulness to living a Sabbath life.