Here & Now

An Invitation to Pause, Encounter & Grow Together

I Need to Breathe Deeply

Eternal Friend,

grant me an ease
to breathe deeply of this moment,
this light,
this miracle of now.
Beneath the din and fury
of great movements
and harsh news
and urgent crises,
make me attentive still

to good news,
to small occasions,
and the grace of what is possible
for me to be,
to do,
to give,
to receive,
that I may miss neither my neighbor’s gift
nor my enemy’s need.

Ted Loder

Ted Loder
“I Need to Breathe Deeply”
Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle
© 1981 Ted Loder, Augsburgfortress Books