Verse and Prayer for Friday 13 November

Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Irish Blessing

Not a verse today but something which Walt Whitman wrote and an Irish Blessing. Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist by profession, and a Humanist in his belief, and his words are, in a way, just a statement of fact: if you always face the sun (or the light) the shadows will always fall behind you. The Irish Blessing also has the sun falling on our face, in which case we must be facing the sun and any shadows, although not mentioned in the blessing, be behind us.

If we always look towards God, the trials and tribulations of daily life will be in the shadows behind us and not get blown out of perspective. As we look towards God we will be less likely to be tempted into doing, saying, or thinking the wrong thing as we concentrate on God and the good things in the light in front of us.

Father God, thank you that you are light and in you there is no darkness. Thank you that we can look to you and see your goodness and the good things you have for us – those already given, those for today, and those yet to come. Help us to keep the shadows behind us and guide us in your paths of righteousness. Amen.

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