November 15, 2015

An American Prayer

An American Prayer
by Amy Whittlesey
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Divine Creator, hear our prayer
Be present with us in our time of need
Divine in us your sovereign light,
that we may shine high like the lighthouse,
above the fierce approaching storms
May we as a nation and as individual Americans
cherish the freedom our birthright avows
That no man, no woman, no child,
whether stranger, or traveler or friend,
should ever suffer among us
the heavy burden of bigotry on this our native soil
Where there is prejudice, help us to rise and not fall
Where there is hatred, help us to forgive and show mercy
Where there is division, help us to build a lasting peace
And where there are failed hopes, we plead 
that our spirit never be broken
Grant us O God the blessing,
that together, as many and as one, our better angels prevail
that our history, though replete with transgressions,
may shine ever brighter with each rising day
as we forge  for our children, and  for our children's children
a future of better tomorrows


October 6, 2010

For Catharine


 Lord, make me an instrument
of your peace,
Where there is hatred,
 let me sow love;
Where there is injury,
Where there is doubt,
Where there is despair,
Where there is darkness,
Where there is sadness,

O Divine Master,
 grant that I
may not so much seek to be consoled
 as to console;
to be understood
as to understand;
to be loved
as to love.

For it is in giving
that we receive;
it is in pardoning
that we are pardoned
And it is in dying
 that we are born
 to eternal life.

October 29, 2008

Paul Henry Whittlesey O'Neill

Passion of Mercy,
lead me on
through shadows crossing,
valley low
beyond the pale
of winter's snow
'til from the soles of hallowed feet
I rise triumphant vessel meek
to you-
eternal light divine
beautific vision

mine to own