The Wings of My Heart Slowly Begin to Unfold

MacrinaA morning prayer from Macrina Wiederkehr’s Seven Sacred Pauses.

Dawn, Most Generous Gift…

The words of Kahlil Gibran are sitting at the gate of my heart this morning: “To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”  Words from Psalm 5 are also trying to get my attention: “In the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.”  I don’t always rise at dawn and watch for God, nor do I consistently awaken with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.  There are times when the wings of my heart remain folded; yet prayer still happens in me.  There are mornings when I simply sit in silence trying to remember some of the things that need to rise in me:

-a tolerance for those who don’t agree with me,
-a refusal to judge others,
-a willingness to forgive,
-greater effort to live with a non-violent heart,
-loving thoughts toward those who don’t exactly dote on me,
-a calm and hopeful spirit in the midst of my anxieties,
-discipline in my daily personal prayer,
-attention and faithfulness in my daily work,
-a holy anger for injustice in our world.

As I remember these necessary risings in my life, the wings of my heart slowly begin to unfold.  All Praise to You, Giver of the Morning!

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