Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Let the rain come

My friend Cina, who's been a good friend since the early '90s, but whom I've not seen in quite some time since she moved East a while ago, has been a faithful reader of my blog, as it turns out. She's living in an assisted-living community these days, and as is their wont on holidays, they had an ecumenical prayer service yesterday on the occasion of Memorial Day.

She sent me a prayer by Rabbi Harold ("When Bad Things Happen To Good People") Kushner they prayed during the service.

It's worth sharing (and praying!):

Prayer for the World

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges,
The bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly.
So that we can see beyond the labels,
beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness.
So that we can share the joys and feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
And let the light of the sun be so strong
That we will see all people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by the rain,
Bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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