A Prayer for Perspective 

Help me, O Beloved,
to remember
that I am not
in charge of the Universe.

Events unfold badly,
accidents happen,
disasters occur,
mistakes are made
— sometimes really awful ones,
and there is nothing I can do.

It isn’t up to me
to solve every problem,
I haven’t the skills
to mend the fabric of life.

There are things I cannot fix
— many things;
help me, O Beloved,
to remember
that simple,
important truth.

Instead, teach me to pray
that I will do all I can
and leave the rest up to You.

Free me, O Redeemer,
from the sin of self-reference:
from believing that all that is
is related to me.

It is sheerest egotism
to weep and wail
over other people’s tragedies
as if they were my own.
It is a kind of theft;
stealing the emotions
that rightfully belong
to another.

Keep me safe, Holy One,
from the lure of drama —
the temptation to show the world
how sensitive I am
by teary eyes,
tiresome diatribes,
or clever bumperstickers.

Instead, teach me compassion:
helpful, patient caring
— and not performance art.

Deborah Beach Giordano
© December 31, 2014

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