“May your gravity be lightened by grace.”
There are so many people going through some incredibly hard things right now. And the truth is that most of the time, we operate unaware of the weight lying heavy on the shoulders of the people around us.
Maybe it’s because we have our own weight to carry.
Maybe it’s because we are in a moment of joy and equilibrium and we are holding onto that for dear life.
But no matter what we do not see, there is someone who sees all of it. God never fails to notice the gravity of our lives… and God never fails to shower it all with abundant grace. Sometimes that grace comes in the form of unexpected miracles. Often, that grace comes in the form of God standing next to us, holding a piece of our cross, and weeping with us.
Whatever form it takes, I believe the grace is there… offering to move us from off balance to a place of equilibrium.
This morning, my prayer is for equilibrium from the words of John O’Donohue.
“Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of God.”
May today you know God’s presence – the God who both weeps and laughs with you. And may it give you all the strength you need to keep carrying that often invisible load.