This afternoon someone posted Kinard Middle School's video of their student choir singing "I Have a Voice." It moved me deeply.
It speaks to me of a prayer from my own faith tradition -- Christian Science. It is a short prayer that the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, included in The Manual of the Mother Church -- a document that helps members of her church self-govern. It is called "The Daily Prayer," -- and it reads:
"Thy kingdom come
let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love
be stablished in me, and rule out of me all sin,
and may Thy Word enrich the affections
of all mankind and govern them."
This prayer is fundamental to my own spiritual practice. I don't just pray with it daily, but many times throughout the day. It it a prayer of guidance. And it is a prayer of promise.
This song, "I Have a Voice [here is a link to the Broadway Kids performance]" affirms the last line in the Daily Prayer, which reads:
"...and may Thy Word
enrich the affections
of all mankind
and govern them."
Throughout the day, when I hear reports of contention, discord, or disappointment -- I return to this prayer. I trust its message. We all have this Voice speaking within ourselves. No one is left operating in a vacuum. This Voice guides us, corrects us, assures and comforts us. Nothing can silence it. No one can interfere with it, or take it from us. I trust its presence. I trust its power to reach each of us -- right where we are. We only need to be still. And in this stillness we hear the Voice - and know. We just know. We know what is good. We know what is true. We know what we love.
From the tiniest baby to the centenarian, we all have this Voice within us. My children and grandchildren have this voice speaking to them as they navigate college, work, school, home, sports. Our neighbors, colleagues, friends and world leaders have this same Voice speaking to them.
I trust this.
It gives me hope.
offered with Love,