The truth is that I would prefer to choose where I was planted rather than where I bloomed. But life’s not wrapped up with a shiny bow like that! In fact, many aspects of life are not chosen. We don’t get to select our parents, our skin color or place of birth. Things which turn out to be pretty significant in life.
However, we do get to choose our responses. Free will is one of the greatest blessings or curses depending on how you look at it. As 2017 has already started emerging on the planet, we stand at a new threshold. 2016 has revealed some of the ugliest underpinnings of the human experience both domestically and abroad. A New Year presents new opportunities to make new choices. We can’t always choose where we’re planted, but we can make a decision to bloom anyway.
A prayer for 2017
When life requires bold strokes,
May we meet the threshold with
Courage and Bravery.
When tensions rise and tempers flare,
May the power of Grace + Peace
Put out the flames.
May we rise to unite
When division threatens to undo us
And may we re-find our voice
And blend the hot tremors of our harshest tenors
To speak with each other again.