I read in an email in my inbox: Please send a poem to the person whose name is in position 1 below (even if you don’t know him or her). It should be a favorite text/ verse/ meditation that has affected you in difficult times. Don’t agonize over it.
The phrase “affected you in difficult times” stands out to me and immediately I see Donna Beth, her infectious smile, seeing it would make you feel like any troubles could be conquered. I see Donna Beth, probably the kindness person I ever knew. “Knew” because sadly in 2002 she died. She lived out in country and was kindly riding her neighbors horse as a favor. (As a city girl, I guess it is like walking the dog for a neighbor). Then suddenly, the horse threw her, she was helicoptered to the city hospital but she never awoke.
At her funeral, cards were passed out. On one side of the card, her picture, that smile, and “October 23, 1961-January 13, 2002”. On the reverse is this prayer, written by Donna Beth that her husband carried in his wallet. Now I carry it in mine
God of my life, I welcome this new day. It is a gift to me. I thank you for the gift of being alive this morning. I thank you for the sleep, which has refreshed me.
Lord, this day is full of promise and of opportunity; help me to waste none of it.
This day is full of mystery and of the unknown; help me to face it without fear or anxiety.
During this day, may I become a more thoughtful person, a more prayerful person, a more generous and kind person.
Help me to not be turned in on myself but to be sensitive and helpful to others.
Let me do nothing today that will harm anyone. But let me help at least a little to make life more pleasant for those I meet.
When night comes, may I look back on this day without regret.
Lord, bless this day for me and for all of us.