I am a child of land, sea and sky. I am blessed by the sun my father and the moon my mother. I am the base clay of my bones and the divine spirit in my breath. The air of my lungs, the earth of my bones, the water of my blood and the fire of my heart. I am thus blessed, from birth to death. We all are. Blessed for, by and with life. Sing in me, spirit of creation. Sing in me the song of love.
–Jack Park, May 22, 2011. Originally used in Jack’s bridging ceremony.
Chalice at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen. (2/12/12)
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. – Louisa May Alcott (author & Unitarian)
Make me wise so that I may know the things
That you have taught your children—
The lessons that you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Make me strong, not to be superior to my brothers,
But to be able to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes, So that when life fades as the faded sunset
My spirit will come to you without shame.
~ John Yellow Lark