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Why am I afraid to dance, I who love music, rhythm and song? Why am I afraid to live, I who love life and the living colors of earth and sky and sea? Why am I afraid to believe, I who admire commitment, sincerity and trust? Why am I afraid of love? I who yearn to give myself in love? Why am I afraid, I who am not afraid? Why must I be so ashamed of my strength or of my weakness? Why must I live in a cage like a criminal, defying and hating, I who love peace and friendship? Was I born without a skin, that I must wear armor in order to touch or to be touched? Each of us is capable of an unimagined greatness. Each of us is a treasure house of vital potential. Yet apprehensive love and inhibited talent pervade the expression of our being. Past failure and present fear restrict the range of our feelings and purview of our thinking. While these days of meditation awaken us to the truth of what we are, they must also quicken within us the reality of what we can be. To everything there is a season, And there is an appointed time for every purpose Under heaven, Now is the time for turning. The leaves are beginning to turn From green to red and orange. The birds are beginning to turn and are heading one more toward the south. The animals re beginning to turn To storing their food for winter. For leaves, birds and animals turning comes instinctively, But for us turning does not come so easily. It takes an act of will For us to make a turn. It means breaking with old habits, It means admitting that we have been wrong: And this is never easy. It means losing face: It means starting all over again: And this is always painful; It means saying, "I'm sorry." It means admitting that we have the ability to change; And this is always embarrassing. These things are terribly hard to do. But unless we turn, we will be trapped forever In yesterday's ways. Lord, help us turn - From callousness to sensitivity, From carelessness to discipline, From fear to faith. Turn us around, O Lord, and bring us back towards You. Revive our lives, as at the beginning. And turn us towards each other, Lord. For in isolation there is no life.