Prayer Offered for February 21, 2017

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By Senate Chaplain, Sr. Michelle Gorman, RSM

Let us consider the blessings of our humanness as we ponder Rumi’s poem, “The Guest House.”

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

[They] may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The [negative] thought, the shame, the malice.

meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

Loving God, help us to be alert for those unexpected visitors of negativity; may their appearance not cause us to lose our composure and our gracious desire to bring peace and love to our world.—AMEN.

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