Silent Prayer

Today there is a need for silent prayers
For those I know who are suffering
From personal crisis:
From imminent  death,  for a loved one or themselves;
From debt, seemingly insurmountable;
From ongoing illness, with little respite;
From loneliness, an empty home;
From facing whatever difficulty assails them;
From feelings of anxiety, depression, despair;
From caring about someone in pain
Knowing there is little they can do
Beyond be there, listen, hold a hand, give a hug…;
In this, thinking beyond,
I say a silent prayer,
Hoping beyond hope it is of some comfort.

I found a few smiles this morning: a picture, sent to me in an email by a generous soul, of a bull dog stretched out in sleepy joy on a bed (picture below); a memory story of a little girl in a library, one who liked to shove Cheerios up her nose for no reason, who fell in love with books and libraries at a very young age; and of thinking of the day ahead, a good day to finish a book that I am actually enjoying, which has been rare these past few months.

Reading is one of my pleasures. I could normally read two books a week, if not more, depending on time allowed. I barely finished a book in the last three months at all, sometimes taking two weeks to just get through one book, if not giving up on it altogether. Yes, it is a partial escape, but there is so much out of my control, and as long as I don’t use to not keep searching…then I deem it a worthwhile escape, for now.

I hope you find smiles today, something to laugh about, someone to share it with, and that anyone you care about who is troubled in any way can find one today too.



About StuHN

I am a creative individual with many areas of passion: Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; sometime Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; and sometimes more.

Posted on January 5, 2013, in Caring, Despair, Family, Fear, Friends, Grief, Healing, Inspiration, Loneliness, Love, Meditations, Mindfulness, Prayers, Spiritual, Support, Transformation and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Loved this Stuart! Loved the dog picture too!

  2. My most respected ‘Prospero’!

    i don’t have words to express my feelings after reading this. This poem only shows how much you care for me and I am grateful to God for making you my ‘Prospero’.


  3. Thank you for the beautiful poem, comments, and the cute picture of the bulldog! My hubby and I found our smiles today in visiting our local humane society, holding puppies, and finding a new canine companion among them to fill the void left by our dearly departed black lab (had to say goodbye to her on 12-18-12). We will have even more smiles next Tuesday, when we can pick up the new puppy and bring her home! 🙂

  4. Loved the bulldog… he looks sooo comfy! Reading novels came back to me very slowly…but when the love and respect grew for the self-helpers and those who write through their pain. Joan Rivers was one of them… Keep going Stuart, each is better and better…but you know that.

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