within and beyond all things,
holy are your names.
May your ways of wisdom and compassion
be known and embodied by all.
Grant what we need each day
in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes that bind us
as we release the strands we hold of others' guilt.
Do not let surface things delude us
but free us from all that holds us back
from our true purpose.
From you radiates all life and love,
the song that beautifies all.
From age to age it renews.
May your compassion be the ground from which spring
all our actions of body, speech and mind.
This prayer to the Compassionate Creator is one I've being praying a lot lately. In fact, I've been praying it at least twice a day – and always at the same spot: beside the tree that features in the photos accompanying this post. This particular tree grows beside Minnehaha Creek, not far from my home in south Minneapolis. I pause at this tree each morning and afternoon as I walk to and from my bus stop. You see, each week day morning I catch the #5 bus on Chicago Avenue, which takes me to the hospital where, since the end of last month, I've been working as a resident chaplain. I've discovered that my time of prayer at this tree is a beautiful way to prepare me for my chaplaincy work . . . as well as to start and close my work day. It has become a holy time, to be sure.
Perhaps not surprisingly I feel very connected to this tree. Also, the prayer I pray beside it is one which has long been a favorite of mine. I shared part of it at The Wild Reed back in 2009. Later in a 2013 post, I shared it in its entirety for the first time.
You might be wondering where this prayer comes from? The short answer is that it's a version of the "Our Father" which, in large part, is Neil Douglas-Klotz's translation of the Aramaic words of Jesus. I say "in large part" because I have adapted it somewhat. Douglas-Klotz's version can be found in his book Prayers of the Cosmos: Reflections on the Original Meaning of Jesus' Words. It can also be found online, here.
For other prayers I find particularly meaningful, see:
• Prayer of the Week – August 3, 2015
• The Most Sacred and Simple Mystery of All
• Prayer of the Week – November 5, 2013
• Prayer of the Week – November 14, 2012
• The Art of Gentle Revolution
• Prayer of the Week – April 12, 2010
• A Prayer for Compassion
See also the following related Wild Reed posts:
• Move Us, Loving God
• Andrew Harvey on Radical, Divine Passion in Action
• Active Waiting: A Radical Attitude Toward Life
• Called to the Field of Compassion
• "Window, Mind, Thought, Air and Love"
• The Soul of a Dancer
• The Art of Dancing as the Supreme Symbol of the Spiritual Life
• Balance: The Key to Serenity and Clarity
• Memet Bilgin and the Art of Restoring Balance
• Sufism: Way of Love, Tradition of Enlightenment, and Antidote to Fanaticism
• The Sufi Way
• The Pagan Roots of All Saints Day
• Celebrating the Coming of the Sun and the Son
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Jeanette Blonigen Clancy
• Beltane and the Reclaiming of Spirit
• "I Caught a Glimpse of a God"
• Integrating Cernunnos, "Archetype of Sensuality and the Instinctual World"
• The Body: As Sacred and Knowing as a Temple Oracle
• The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
• Autumn . . . Within and Beyond
• Winter . . . Within and Beyond
Images: Michael J. Bayly (April 2017, May 2017, and June 2017).