A Prayer for Every Day Julia Fehrenbacher

Let me breathe only grace today, only
that which slows, steadies,
softens, sparks

only that which permits
and pardons and points
to the blossoms inside the broken,
the poetry inside the pain, the nourishing
newness inside the now
Let me breathe only grace
today, only that which invites
me to speak my very own
language for as long as I have breath,
only that which hums:

You can.
You will.

Let me breathe only grace today, only that which notices the tired
and says, lie back, Love—rest
for as long as you need to. It’s not
about how much you do
but how full you are.

And, my God, how beautiful you are when you are full.

A Prayer for Every Day

Serendipitously I came upon this gem while looking for another site – the wonders of internet rabbit holes! I admire Fehrenbacher’s work and previously posted Hold Out Your Hand back in December, 2018.

Here she offers us a prayer for grace which slows, steadies, / softens, sparks. A grace which permits / and pardons and points / to the blossoms inside the broken. Such deliciously inviting alliteration, a musical incantation. A grace which invites me to speak my very own / language, which says to You can. / You will. A language of confidence, of strength, of your own.

And then the permission, to breathe grace which notices the tired / and says, lie back. How might you breathe with relief to be given that invitation, to rest, to do nothing in a world that demands we be productive. She tells us what we all need to hear, that It’s not / about how much you do / but how full you are. What if you were to stop and consider your own rich fullness?

Is it not enough to be full of your own being, to listen and receive, not just to do and do more. Because as she emphatically reminds us, how beautiful you are when you are full. May you rest in your fullness today.

19 thoughts on “A Prayer for Every Day Julia Fehrenbacher

  1. Thanks so very much for this, Jan – today, right now at this very moment. For me, it is perfect. I feel it in my body and soul.
    Much love,
    Jean

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  2. A perfect poem for me this morning Jan. A tender and beautiful soothing blessing – reminding me to just slow down and breathe in this gift of grace. Thank you for this. Love you, Lisa

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  3. Thank you for continuing to share these beautiful poems. Without fail, they lift my spirits and shore up my faith to move forward. I used your archives to look up the other poem by this author, Hold Out Your Hand, and oh my goodness . . . what another beautiful poem. Every word feels like medicine to me.

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    • Oh my Donna, I’ve just been looking at your recent photos this week – so good to hear from you and delighted that you have received the medicine of these poems. love, Jan

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  4. Thank you Jan. What a beautiful poem and greatly needed today. “Let me breathe only grace today, only that which slows, steadies, softens, sparks” So perfect!

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  5. The Grace of rest is just what I need now as I’m still recovering from pneumonia and think I should be getting busy again. But my body says otherwise. How beautiful it is this spring day to let my body rest and know the grace of Spring going on without my help. Thank you, Jan, for this lovely prayer.

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