Deep listening

We ask for deep listening
In this century and in any century,
Our deepest hope, our most tender prayer,
Is that we learn to listen.
May we listen to one another in openness and mercy
May we listen to plants and animals in wonder and respect
May we listen to our own hearts in love and forgiveness
May we listen to God in quietness and awe.
And in this listening,
Which is boundless in its beauty,
May we find the wisdom to cooperate
With the healing spirit, a divine spirit,
Who beckons us into peace and community and creativity.
We do not ask for perfect world.
But we do ask for a better world.
We ask for deep listening.

Jay McDaniel