Amidst all of the known and unknown acts of violence and tragedy, these prayers and words have provided refreshing and comforting reminders that through it all we are not alone. Whether one believes in God or in many gods or in human goodness or in mixes of all of this or in something else, we must remember that we journey with others and that we will get through life’s confusing hardships together, even if others have to carry us for a bit. Even when we don’t understand and we are hurt, we are called to continue to seek justice and live peace…its okay to have a moment to rant and rave and let out what we are feeling, but we must not and cannot get stuck there. We must remain committed to finding ways to transform the world, even when there is a possibility that we will not be around to see the full effects of what we have struggledfor…we must continue la lucha of planting seeds and trusting in those who journey with us and who will come after us (much like those who entrusted la lucha to us who journeyed before us).
Mr. Rogers offer a simple yet revolutionary thought, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’…To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” Despite news and internet stories and twitter posts and facebook feeds, our world is filled with helping people who help us survive and thrive through life’s hurts, uncertainties, pain, and confusion–helpers that come in the form a family, friends, co-workers, classmates, members of our faith communities, images on TV, music on the radio…even in the form of strangers and posts on social media. We are never alone, we are in this together…together we will not only survive, we will wholeheartedly and soulfully thrive.
May these prayers and words provide you with refreshment and hope and a spark of feeling “journeyed with”…
From the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society
Father, Mother, God,
Thank you for your presence
during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.
Thank you for your presence
during the bright and sunny days,
for then we can share that which we have
with those who have less.
And thank you for your presence
during the Holy Days, for then we are able
to celebrate you and our families
and our friends.
For those who have no voice,
we ask you to speak.
For those who feel unworthy,
we ask you to pour your love out
in waterfalls of tenderness.
For those who live in pain,
we ask you to bathe them
in the river of your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask
you to keep them company.
For those who are depressed,
we ask you to shower upon them
the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless
sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
world that which we need most—Peace.
A prayer inspired by Archbishop Oscar Romero
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The [kindom] is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the [Kindom] always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.