A PRAYER FOR THE LIVING

Life,
Break in me whatever needs to be broken.
Fix my hope of ever being fixed.
Use me. Draw every ounce of creativity out of me.
Help me live a radically unique life, forever forging a never-before-trodden path in the forest.
Show me how to love more deeply than I ever thought possible.
Whatever I am still turning away from, keep shoving in my face.
Whatever I am still at war with, help me soften towards, relax into, fully embrace.
Where my heart is still closed, show me a way to open it without violence.
Where I am still holding on, help me let go.
Give me challenges and struggles and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, if that will bring an even deeper humility and trust in the intelligence of life.
Help me laugh at my own seriousness.
Allow me to find the humour in the dark places.
Show me a profound sense of rest in the midst of the storm.
Don’t spare me from the truth. Ever.
Let gratitude be my guide.
Let forgiveness be my mantra.
Let this moment be a constant companion.
Let me see your face in every face.
Let me feel your warm presence in my own presence.
Hold me when I stumble.
Breathe me when I cannot breathe.
Let me die living, not live dying.

Amen.

-Jeff Foster (www.lifewithoutacentre.com)

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TRUTH

Hang from the cross and bleed for truth,
Be crucified by truth
And bleed willingly.

Have your heart torn open
So that the sacredness of life can know itself,
So that your own pure divinity may be revealed to your eyes.

You can come here only with nothing,
You must realise your bare empty hands
And sit in silence in the lap of God
So that the fullness of life may meet you.

THE JUICE

Life is so juicy, endless juice!
It is soft and warm and loving,
It’s name is Embrace.
And it hurts, and it holds the hurt,
It is such beautiful devastation.
I weep for all those who are too closed to let life break them,
Whose walls keep out the pain and love and life.