I received this poem today from Inwardoutward.org and loved it:
IF PRAYER WOULD DO IT
If prayer would do it
If reading esteemed thinkers would do it
I'd be halfway through the Patriarchs.
If discourse would do it
I'd be sitting with His Holiness
every moment he was free.
If contemplation would do it
I'd have translated the Periodic Table
to hermit poems, converting
matter to spirit.
If even fighting would do it
I'd already be a black belt.
If anything other than love could do it
I'd have done it already
and left the hardest for last.
Source: Breaking the Drought
That first line about prayer brought discomfort. I often commit to praying for someone in an effort to remain detached or to comfort myself with the thought, "well, at least I'm praying for them."
My prayer for today is to remain open to new ways to love one another, for that is what Christ continues to do ....Love costs but as the saying goes, it pays well.