Let me find grace in the real world, release in
the world of my imagination, and joy in both.
Help me to notice the lessons in Your world~
the turtle to remind me to slow down;
the peach and the lilac to remind me
of what in life is sweet;
the charred piece of driftwood to remind me
that I, too, have been through the fire;
the tall yarrow alongside the road bending in
the wind to remind me that I may be bent,
but not broken;
the newborn child to remind me that wonder
and trust are the hope of the future.
Let me have a hope that bears out.
~Phyllis K. Collier