Looking back – looking forward

Dear God,

We pray for another way of being:
another way of knowing.

Across the difficult terrain of our existence
we have attempted to build a highway
and in so doing have lost our footpath.
God lead us to our footpath:
Lead us there where in simplicity
we may move at the speed of natural creatures
and feel the earth’s love beneath our feet.
Lead us there where step-by-step we may feel
the movement of creation in our hearts.
And lead us there where side-by-side
we may feel the embrace of the common soul.

Nothing can be loved at speed.

God lead us to the slow path; to the joyous insights
of the pilgrim; another way of knowing: another way of being.

Amen.


Works by Michael Leunig, used with permission

I heard Michael giving a talk/workshop on spirituality and was surprised by his story, of telling his newspaper editor (where he worked as a political cartoonist) that he wanted to stop doing cartoons for awhile and, instead, write a short daily prayer:  unconventional prayers, at that. He pointed out, in his talk, that this was a secular newspaper and the culture was particularly alien to Christian expression. This story impressed me. A few weeks ago, I asked permission to use some of his work. Some is hard-hitting and produced for a different cultural environment but his ‘sideways’ look at life, precisely intended to make people puzzle, stop and think, may well be useful for us, for that same reason.

Paul
Chaplain