Daily Prayer 365

Day 231
Wednesday, April 19, 2023


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.  —Psalm 139:14

A world lives within you. No one else can bring you news of this inner world. Through the opening of the mouth, we bring out sounds from the mountain beneath the soul. These sounds are words. The world is full of words. There are so many talking all the time, loudly, quietly, in rooms, on streets, on television, on radio, in the paper, in books. The noise of words keeps what we call the world there for us. We take each other’s sounds and make patterns, predictions, benedictions, and blasphemies. Each day, our tribe of language holds what we call the world together. Yet the uttering of the word reveals how each of us restlessly creates. Everyone is an artist. Each person brings sound out of silence and coaxes the invisible to become visible. —John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

Give me courage to speak aloud the art of my life, the truth of my soul, the wisdom innate within me. And give me attention to hear the truth of the world spoken by each person I encounter this day. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

April 19, 2023

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