Daily Prayer 365

Day 75
Monday, November 14, 2022


You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.  —Psalm 4:7

In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness. . .. This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud. . .. I have the immense joy of being a member of a race in which God became incarnate. . .. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.  —Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Some immense joy rises up today, Lord, where my self-isolation disappears and my unity with each and all is lifted up. Let me dwell in such gladness, let me delight in the light of such fierce undivided spirit. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

November 16, 2022

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