Spirit of Patience, God of Many Names,
Walk with us in the unfolding of our lives,
Remind us that with every trial we face,
There rests a seed of potential,
A way yet found,
A chance to love,
And the possibility of a world made more whole from our care.
As the holidays are further from us,
And we return to the pacings of the everyday,
May we not fall for the illusion of the status quo,
May we carry with us the hope and the joy,
Birthed in our festivals and our holy days;
So that in our returning to our classes,
And our offices,
And our duties,
Not only may we find solace,
But help us to bring that sense of peace,
That sense of wonder,
Into the lives of those we meet,
Throughout every week of the year.
As we come upon our national holiday,
Honoring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
May this spirit of patience,
Serve to remind us that change is possible,
That justice can be found,
That all may someday be treated equally.
Let us not stall before set-backs or disappointments.
Knowing that there is much work to be done,
And we are the ones to be doing it.