It’s not what goes into a person from the outside that can defile;
rather it’s what comes out of the person that defiles.
~ Jesus (Mark 7:15)
Thou who art the soul and heart of life, save us from fear — the fear of days and nights yet to be, the fear of the known and the unknown, the fear that builds high walls around our spirits and our lives, the fear that closes in and envelops us, the fear that nibbles at the edges of every satisfaction. Free us from fear of failure and success, of shame and pain, of death and fear of life as well. Open our eyes that we may see thy glory in humbleness and simplicity, commonness strewn generously across our path all our days. May we recognize thee riding upon a simple beast of burden, down the crooked streets of Jerusalem. May we not require the palms of victory and praise, the accolades and shouts of the multitude to see thy glory in gentleness, patience, loving kindness and, yes, pain and sometimes death. Thy way of peace — of faith, hope, and love — still is our path, our joy, our way. Amen.
(David A. Johnson, from 1997 UUMA Worship Materials Collection)
This Week’s Affirmation:
“I am totally present in the Now.”
(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)