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Outside Habit


16 May 2024

By Charles Patterson Curry of Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA

You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.

Acts 10:36

you never see the whole thing
just what is before you

do this, you’re told
and you do
do this often enough
it becomes habit

slips beyond conscious thought
becomes mechanical

which is the whole point anyway
to give you no say
in work shaped by unseen forces
out-of-sight people

unseen flaws
exacerbated by speed

will break the whole
not long from now

what looks good
may already be breaking

come back to thought
stand outside habit

receive with grace
send on with gentleness

show someone
there is a different way

Prayer Phrase

“What can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Spiritual Practice

Breathe Hope

Find a quiet space where you can sit without distractions. Light a candle. Take a few deep breaths, allowing your body to relax with each exhale. As you breathe, let go of any tension or worries you may be holding onto. Take notice of the way the flame dances and flickers, casting light and shadow in the room. As you observe the flame, imagine it symbolizing the spark of hope within you. With each breath, imagine the flame growing brighter and stronger. Visualize this light spreading throughout your body, filling you with a sense of hope and positivity. Take a moment to express gratitude for the blessings in your life, no matter how small they may seem.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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