Today I just want to feature a poem-prayer that I received from a non-denominational website called Prayables by a writer called Abigail Wurdeman. It speaks to me of the way my colleagues and I are charged to do our job as media/legislative representatives for our faith, Christian Science – i.e. “in a Christian manner”! And it seems to me to articulate a standard for a healing, rather than a judgmental, approach to the religious zeal we can feel from coming consciously into God’s presence through prayer.
May I honor Your Name always
as a blessing on my lips.
Your Name is not a weapon.
It is neither a catalyst for anger,
nor is it proof of my righteousness.
Your Name is the hand of kindness,
the voice of hope,
the source of all possible joy.
May I only speak it
in reverence and in love.
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the founder of Christian Science – Mary Baker Eddy – described two opposite faces of “zeal” in the following definition, in a chapter called Glossary. “ZEAL. The reflected animation of Life, Truth, and Love. Blind enthusiasm; mortal will.”
I appreciate this poem-prayer that reminds us to stay on the right side of zeal!