Poem: A Prayer among Friends

In the last 10 days I: ran a half marathon, prepared and submitted a PhD proposal (in German), climbed a mountain, wrote a pretty lame and very short sermon, proofread a client’s own several-hundred-page dissertation in economics, completed a few other random translation assignments, went to seminary classes two days a week in another city, and faithfully showed up to my desk job the other three days a week (wonder of wonders, I may not have gotten much done at work these days). And that, my friends, is why there was no bloggin’ around.

But here is a poem that may just help you hold your ground.

n.b.: when I first saw the title of this poem, for a second I thought “friends” might be “Friends” – the Quaker kind. Alas, this seems unlikely to be the case. And yet the sentiments expressed are very Friendly indeed.

A Prayer among Friends

by John Daniel

Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we walk here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn’t ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love.

“A Prayer among Friends” by John Daniel, from Of Earth.


Stained glass by Jennifer Kuhns


One thought on “Poem: A Prayer among Friends

  1. I love the line “may we enact our responsibilities as thoroughly as we enjoy our pleasures.” Theme of what God is whispering to me lately. Thank you for making time for this post…you’re one busy woman!

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