LAUDS: We Pray Not to Something, but from Something, to Which We Must Give Voice

By Reverend Davidson Loehr

We pray not to something, but from something, to which we must give voice;
not to escape from our life, but to focus it;
not to relinquish our mind, but to replenish our soul.
We pray that we may live with honesty:
that we can accept who we are,
and admit who we are not;
that we don’t become so deafened by pride and fear
that we ignore the still small voices within us,
that could lead us out of darkness.
We pray that we can live with trust and openness:
to those people, those experiences, and those transformations
that can save us from narrowness and despair.
And we pray on behalf of these hopes
with an open heart, an honest soul,
and a grateful reverence for the life which has been given to us.
We pray not to something, but from something, to which we must give voice.
AMEN.

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