Daily Prayer 365

Day 359
Friday, October 27, 2023


The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.  —Mark 12:31


On my kitchen wall hang four snapshots of graffiti art I first saw on construction walls as I walked to my teaching job at Yale University years ago. The declaration, “The search for love continues even in the face of great odds,” was painted in bright colors. At the time, recently separated from a partner of almost fifteen years, I was often overwhelmed by grief so profound it seemed as though an immense sea of pain was washing my heart and soul away. Overcome by sensations of being pulled underwater, drowning, I was constantly searching for anchors to keep me afloat, to pull me back safely to the shore. The declaration on the construction walls with its childlike drawing of unidentifiable animals always lifted my spirits. Whenever I passed this site, the affirmation of love’s possibility sprawling across the block gave me hope. Visions  —bell hooks, all about love: New Visions


Love stands among us O God, even when the cards seem stacked against us, and the sea of pain washes up unwanted debris at high tide, and the anchor is pulled up and we are set adrift. Love stands among us O God. May it be so. Amen.  —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

October 27, 2023

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