Breathe Restlessness into Me

As we enter 2015, I offer you this poem adapted from Ted Loder in Guerrillas of Grace.

Breathe Restlessness into Me

Thank you for all I forget are gifts,
  not rights.

Forgive me for all the grievances
  I remember too well.

Save me from the self-pity,
  the self-seeking,
    the fat-heartedness    
      which is true poverty.

Guide me, if I’m willing
   (drive me if I’m not)
        into the hard ways of sacrifice
              which are just and loving.

Make me wide-eyed for beauty,  
     and for my neighbor’s need and goodness;

wide-willed for peace-making,
     and for the confronting power
         with the call to compassion;

wide-hearted for love
   and for the unloved,
        who are the hardest to touch
               and need it the most.

Dull the envy in me which criticizes
     and complains life into a thousand ugly bits.

Keep me honest and tender enough to heal,
     tough enough to be healed of my hypocrisies.

Match my appetite for privilege
    with the stomach for commitment.

Teach me the great cost of paying attention
   that….I may know I am always on holy ground.

Breathe into me the restlessness and courage
   to make something new,
       something saving,
             and something true

that I may understand what it is to rejoice.

What poems, prayers, and spiritual practices are you using for centering and inspiration in the new year? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Loder, Ted. "Breathe Restlessness into Me." In Guerrillas of Grace. San Diego, CA: LuraMedia, 1984.