The slightest ground movement garnered my attention when I lived in Southern California. I grew an earthquake alert awareness. That sense diminished when I lived in Colorado–a low seismic activity region. Now I live in Alaska, on the rim of fire, where we shake, rumble, and roll often. *&#@, we just did again, but these are tiny tremors.
My heart is always moved by unforeseen tragedy.
Thus, I pray for the people of Haiti, those who await news about friends and family, and what the time ahead will bring. As an editor for Spiritual Directors International, I wrote this simple prayer for our blog and international learning community. As spiritual companions, we listen deeply. We offer presence to individuals and in world situations. When we offer our prayer and compassionate action, and invite others to join us, we live into the call of being global citizens of contemplative action. I share this with you; invite you to pray with me. Simply notice how your relationship with God or the sacred invites you to respond. Make a difference in a way that fits for you.
Prayer for Haiti – and everyone in need of such a prayer.
Together let us join in prayer
wrap a mantle of compassion upon Haiti
for the babies, sisters, brothers, workers, family, friends, strangers, enemies, animals, and more, more, more who died and will die,
who are wounded and ache
and will ache, suffer,
who grieve, breathe in shock
paw through the rubble of time
a violent collapse of daily routine.
May fresh air breathe with vital necessity.
May we sacrifice and share.
May we enable compassionate action, and service—now. Right now.
May our mantle of compassion console and heal.
And may our prayer build grateful action, life.
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