I’m still breathing
(deep breaths, whenever possible)
(more thoughts than I can put into words)
Until I read a book
(The Cross and the Lynching Tree)
That arrests the flow of breath and thoughts
(my heart asserting it’s proper place)
Leaving only this thought in these words:
Lord, have mercy on me and my kind.dw
The “truth” that makes another man seem cheap hides another truth that we should never forget, and which would make him remain always worthy of honor in our sight. To destroy truth with truth under the pretext of being sincere is a very insincere way of telling a lie.
— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sincerity
If love is not in the truth I tell, then I’m not telling the whole truth.
Not telling the whole truth reveals the truth that I am not whole.
That I am not whole means I am part of the problem.
When Jesus says Repent, he asks me to own up to that.
Then he says, Follow me and I will make you whole, part of the solution, able to tell the whole truth, love included.
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Holy God, who entered our world as the Word,
the Word of truth, of love, of light, and of life,
When we speak words of error, hatred, darkness and death
May those listening see our lies for what they are,
And may you awaken our conscience and grant us repentance;
may you change our very hearts to make them clean, wholly loving you and our neighbor, whoever that neighbor may be.
When we speak words of truth, love, light and life
May those listening take heart and have hope,
And may you grant us the joy and gladness you have always purposed for us,
to be your people with your Word living with us and in us.
Holy God, may your Word be spoken and cherished in all places and by all people.
Through your Son, Word of God, Jesus,
As some of you know, from time to time I compose prayers. This one has been brewing in me for quite some time, but I have recently felt an urgency to finish and post it. I pray it may be one of those very small seeds that grows and in some mysterious way provides a place of rest for weary souls.
Grace and peace to you…
p.s. A list of other prayers posted on this site: