a prayer for courage

Inspired by Psalm 27

Deborah Beach Giordano
© April 11, 2010

With faith in the Beloved
we are invincible:
nothing above or below
can scare us;

When evil rises up
with threats
of violence and destruction,
we will not be afraid:

like the knights of old,
we will put on our armor,
pull up our socks,
and meet it face to face.

All we truly need
is the ability to see
the beauty and hope
revealed throughout the world,

and to pray unceasingly:
speaking with the Holy One
always and everywhere;
asking God’s grace

for the courage
to confront wickedness
in its myriad forms,
and most terrifying guises;

the wisdom
to avoid temptation,
to recognize evil
even in its most deceptive;

for the strength to persist,
to do all that is needed,
wherever, whatever, whenever —
without weakening.

Be with us, Eternal Savior,
fill our hearts with Your compassion,
that we will know Your exquisite love,
and infuse our souls with delight.

Guard the outer circle, Protecting Spirit,
deliver us from evil,
guard us from the temptation
to fight fire with fire;

keep us safe from the desire
to do to others
as they’ve done to us,
to abuse and terrify.

Teach us, Gracious One,
to take the high road;
to live with forgiveness, compassion,
and a lovingkind heart.

If I do these things,
following Your Path,
then I believe I will see
the goodness of the Lord:

love, light, and joy
will be in my hope,
my goal, and my vision
in all times and all places.

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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