The UU Musicians Network recently gathered in Boston for their summer conference. This Ted Loder piece was shared in their worship with The Sanctuary Boston. (The poem, from Guerrillas of Grace, is also included in Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.)

Please, will you pray it with me?

Breathe Restlessness into Me

Thank you for all I forget are gifts,
not rights.

Forgive me for all the grievances
I remember too well.

Save me from the self-pity,
the self-seeking,
the fat-heartedness
which is true poverty.

Guide me, if I’m willing
(drive me if I’m not)
into the hard ways of sacrifice
which are just and loving.

Make me wide-eyed for beauty,
and for my neighbor’s need and goodness;

wide-willed for peace-making,
and for the confronting power
with the call to compassion;

wide-hearted for love
and for the unloved,
who are the hardest to touch
and need it the most.

Dull the envy in me which criticizes
and complains life into a thousand ugly bits.

Keep me honest and tender enough to heal,
tough enough to be healed of my hypocrisies.

Match my appetite for privilege
with the stomach for commitment.

Teach me the great cost of paying attention
that….I may know I am always on holy ground.

Breathe into me the restlessness and courage
to make something new,
something saving,
and something true

that I may understand what it is to rejoice.

May we know we are always on holy ground.

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