Prayer for when feeling lost

How utterly mysterious, Creator Spirit,
is this existence you have placed us in.

If we were to despair of understanding it at all,
we could feel justified:
conflict and tragedy, pain and death surround us
but so does every kind of love,
with beauty and wisdom
the makeup of every tree and star.
Astonishing evolutionary forces are measurable at work,
and there is evidence of genuine altruism among humans.

In addition, we find
your own mysterious ways gracious and surprising.

Be with us in making sense of it all,
in keeping up our trust–against so many countersigns–
that beneath everything is meaning, direction, and promise.

~ William Cleary (Prayers to an Evolutionary God)


Instinct for Newness

“There is in us an instinct for newness, for renewal, for a liberation of creative power. We seek to awaken in ourselves a force which really changes our lives from within. And yet the same instinct tells us that this change is a recovery of that which is deepest, most original, most personal in ourselves. To be born again is not to become somebody else, but to become ourselves.” ~Thomas Merton