This fresh buckeye shines,
just cracked from its prickly shell.
giddy with discovery
bouyant with purpose
knowing only this, now,
air, wind, leaves,
tricycle, sidewalk, pedals.
I watch the back of your hand
move sideways across your lips, your fingers wipe
the itch from your eyes, your lids blink and your nose wrinkles.
My prayer is for bouyancy,
for light heart and easy spirit
Our cheeks rub together,
we are nose to nose,
you grab my hands, my face,
and kiss me from your toes!
Our voices sing together,
Yours much louder than mine;
Your song brings me solace,
and much more joy than wine.
I consider the way we face the days,
and how at nights I tuck you in;
tomorrow we’ll meet another sun,
a chance to let love in.
O most Holy Lord, who has waited for us so long, who continues to wait for us each time we fail, each time we turn away, instill in me the virtue of patience so that I might be more like you.
Grant me the grace I need to be patient with my husband when he has a bad day, to be patient with myself when I have a bad day; grant me the grace I need, O God, to speak to my babies in loving tones even when I am frustrated and feel unable even to pray.
Help me, Most Gracious One, to be kind, to be content, to be at ease. Let your Holy Spirit guide my emotions and my words, so that I might not only treat my family with unconditional love, but that I might be an inspiration to them and to others to grow closer to you in faith, in hope, and in charity.
I ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.