A Portfolio of Prayers

This page is an invitation to enjoy a sanctuary for the spirit.

The poems and prayers are a refuge of words which both give voice to the experience of living in our time, and a sense of being connected to others in their experience. The spiritual practices are an invitation to use your body as a vehicle for connecting with a deep place within yourself, a place to discover your own deep well of consolation and courage, gratitude and peace.

Many of these resources have been provided by islanders, and in many cases, written BY islanders – your neighbors and friends -- since the coronavirus descended upon us.

A Prayer for Going Deeper

O Divine Presence,
I do not enter the deeper realm
All by myself.
Always you are there with me
As a Guide to protect and direct me,
As a Loving Companion to embrace and support me,
As a Wise One to provide both challenge and solace

O Divine Presence,
As I go deeper to discover my roots,
Wrap me in your love.
Strengthen me as I face fear and insecurity,

O Divine Presence,
As I go deeper to discover my roots,
Wrap me in your love.
Strengthen me as I face fear and insecurity,

O Divine Presence,
As I go deeper to discover my roots,
Wrap me in your love.
Strengthen me as I face fear and insecurity,
Surprise me with hidden treasures
Waiting within me.

O Divine Presence,
When I feel shaky and uncertain
From seeking and searching,
Assure me often
That I am always rooted in your love.
Remind me often
That your love never leaves me,
Even when I lose the road
To my inner home.

O Divine Presence,
You desire my wholeness.
You would never lead me anywhere
That would destroy me.
Here is my life.
I place it in your care

As I commit myself to going deeper.
by Joyce Rupp, Roman Catholic nun

I PRAY WE DON’T GO BACK TO NORMAL

I pray that the next time a friend grabs me and
pulls me in for a hug, I actually take the time to
appreciate the gift of their embrace.

I pray that when school resumes and people are
dropping kids off, they take the time to thank the
staff for the amazing gift that they give to our
community.

I pray that the next time I’m sitting in a crowded
restaurant I take the time to look around at the
smiling faces, loud voices and thank God for the
gift of community.

I pray that the next time I’m standing in church
listening to the voices of praise and worship that I
take a moment to thank God for the gift of
congregation.

I pray that the next time I see a person or
situation that needs prayer, I hope I pray as
passionately and fervently as I have these past
few weeks.

I pray that when I am at the grocery store that I
take a moment to thank God that He provides
us with the necessities of life and the amazing people
who work so hard to keep us supplied.

I pray that I never again take for granted the
ability to hope in the car and visit a friend, go to the
mall, go to a gathering, etc.

So, truth is, I don’t want things to return to the way they once were. I pray that we take the lessons and challenges of the past few weeks and create a new normal.
My goal is to pray more, love harder and truly appreciate the daily abundance of blessings that were so easily overlooked just a mere few weeks ago.
Be blessed Today!

From Facebook, by Linda Coetzee

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your Love supporting us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The “Holden Prayer”, from Holden Village, an intentional Christian community in the Glacier Peak Wilderness,  near Chelan

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

From the 12 Step program

Angels in Blue Gowns

Angels in blue gowns,
They wear face masks instead of haloes.
Their gloved holy hands administer to us
Care we are too weak to provide for ourselves.
Without sleep,
Without hope of a day off,
In the face of ever-dwindling supplies,
They risk their lives at every moment
In order to save ours.
Blessed are the hands,
Rubbed raw from washing,
That connect us to ventilators.
Blessed are the feet,
Sore and swollen,
That tread the ER floors.
Blessed are the eyes
That have stared down death
Hundreds,
Thousands of times,
And yet look upon each desperately ill patient
And refuse to give up hope.
God Most Merciful,
Preserve the health and safety
Of those who work so hard to preserve ours.

Amen.

by Cameron Belm


A Blessing for Courage

When the light around lessens
And your thoughts darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as a stone inside,
When you find yourself bereft
Of any belief in yourself
And all you unknowingly
Leaned on has fallen,
When one voice commands
Your whole heart,
And it is raven dark,
Steady yourself and see
That it is your own thinking
That darkens your world.
Search and you will find
A diamond-thought of light,
Know that you are not alone,
And that this darkness has purpose;
Gradually it will school your eyes,
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night-corner.
Invoke the learning
Of every suffering
You have suffered.
Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.
A new confidence will come alive
To urge you towards higher ground
Where your imagination
will learn to engage difficulty

As its most rewarding threshold!

by John O’Donahue

Prayer for Healers

May the One who blessed our ancestors
Bless all those who put themselves at risk to care for the sick
Physicians and nurses and orderlies
Technicians and home health aides
EMTs and pharmacists
Hospital social workers and respiratory therapists
(Please include other frontline healthcare workers. And bless especially _____)
Who navigate the unfolding dangers of the world each day,
To tend to those they have sworn to help.
Bless them in their coming home and bless them in their going out.
Ease their fear. Sustain them.
Source of all breath, healer of all beings,
Protect them and restore their hope.
Strengthen them, that they may bring strength;
Keep them in health, that they may bring healing.
Help them know again a time when they can breathe without fear.
Bless the sacred work of their hands.
May this plague pass from among us, speedily and in our days

By Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen

Prayer for a Pandemic

God our Sanctuary,
gather us when separated into your presence.
God our Physician,
heal those who have contracted the virus.
God our Comforter,
embrace all who mourn the dead.
God our Homeland,
mother all who are quarantined.
God our Friend,
accompany all who are alone or afraid.
God our Guardian,
protect physicians and nurses.
God our Hope,
assist researchers searching for a vaccine.
God our Mighty Fortress,
preserve our societies from devastation.
God our Governor,
guide the leaders of nations toward wise policies.

God of Everlasting Arms,
in you we live and move and have our being.
God our Creator,
make once again a world of sabbath rest.
God our Savior,
redeem the suffering world by your cross.
God our Light,
shine your radiant peace into our darkness.

O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless and preserve us. Amen.

requested by and written for the World Council of Churches, 2020

"Lord, I place myself in your presence, and ask you to shine your light into my heart as I look back upon this day, so I may see more clearly your grace in everything that has happened."

by Ted Chiang, submitted by islander Tom Land

That wisdom that was born with me in the womt
thanks be to you, O God
That your ways have been written into 
the human body and soul
there to be read and reverenced
thanks be to you.
Let me be attentive
to the truths of these living texts.
Let me learn 
of the law etched into the whole of creation
that gave birth to the mystery of life
and feeds and renews it day by day.
Let me discern the law of love in my own heart
and in knowing it
obey it.
Let me be set free by love, O God.
Let me be set free to love.

By J. Philip Newell

Glory be to  you, O God,
for the gift of life
unfolding through those who have gone before me.
Glory be to you, O God,
for your life planted within my soul
and in every soul coming into the world.
Glory be to you, O God,
for the grace of new beginnings
placed before me in every moment and encounter of life.
Glory, glory, glory
for the grace of new beginnings in every moment of life.

By J. Philip Newell