Do Not Be Afraid | John Philip Newell

During this time of uncertainty and loss, we encourage you to reflect on the prayer offered below and view the meditative chant performed by Fran McKendree and friends.

Do not be afraid. I am with you always.
(Matthew 28:10, 20)
Our heart is comforted
in its awareness of You
Soul within our soul
Life within all life.
Our heart is comforted
in remembering You
Giver of this day
Gift of every moment.
May we be bearers of comfort.
May we be strong in our soul
to cry at the wrongs of nations
to weep with the bleeding earth
to mourn with those who mourn this night
in the loss of life and lands
in the loss of dreams and hope.
May we be strong in our soul this night.
-John Philip Newell, ‘Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace’