a prayer and a blessing

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this is a prayer and a blessing.

a blessing for the grey days

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for these black and white days.

 

a blessing for those who are afraid.

for those who are angry.

for those who just don’t know what to think.

 

this is not a blessing of fear,

or success

or capitalism’s greedy grasp.

 

this is a prayer for all of us,

for this world we know,

for this world we no longer recognize.

 

a prayer for those with power,

to wield it gently, wisely, firmly.

a prayer for those who feel powerless,

to speak up bravely, wisely, firmly.

 

this is a prayer from an anxious heart,

from a cynic who fears the worst,

from a trusting soul with some hope still left.

 

this is a prayer filled with love,

for all of those in hiding today

for all of those marching today

for all of those tuned in or tuned out.

 

this is a prayer for today,

and tomorrow,

and all of the changes to come.

 

a prayer that good will triumph over evil,

that peace will prevail,

that hatred cannot overcome,

only love.

 

so this is a prayer and a blessing.

a prayer for those holding on,

a blessing for those standing strong.

 

these tears are a prayer and a blessing.

offered in solidarity,

in fear,

and in faith.

 

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