A Prayer among Friends

Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we live here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn’t ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love.

WorshipWeb is grateful to Mr. Daniel for granting permission to publish this poem, which appears in his book Of Earth: New and Selected Poems, published by Lost Horse Press.

About the Author

John Daniel

John Daniel is the author of ten books of essays, memoir, poetry, and fiction who makes his living as a writer and itinerant teacher in workshops and writer-in-residence positions around the country. John's maternal grandfather, Oscar B. Hawes, was a Unitarian minister ordained in 1897; John's...

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