Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Winter Solstice Prayer

May we ever remember that
What we have done yesterday,
What we do today,
What we do tomorrow
Lays the foundation
So that future generations can worship the many Deities freely and in peace;

May we ever remember that
What we have done yesterday,
What we do today,
What we do tomorrow
Lays the foundation
So that the great Temples can and shall be rebuilt, kept, and tended;

May we ever remember that
What we have done yesterday,
What we do today,
What we do tomorrow
Lays the foundation
So that those who follow us may make their offerings and sacrifices in peace;

May we ever remember that
What we have done yesterday,
What we do today,
What we do tomorrow
Lays the foundation
So that the traditions can have life breathed into them again, that they may live, grow vibrant, and thrive.

May we ever remember that
What we have done yesterday,
What we do today,
What we do tomorrow
Lays the foundation
So that these sacred, holy things can be brought forward to future generations, and be ever renewed.

May we remember this and keep our eyes ever-fixed on that distant point on the horizon even as we lay the foundations. We must be the bedrock of hope on which future generations build, for they have no hope if we have no hope now. We must be the heroes we need. We must be the hope.

Time to refill the lamps. Time to rekindle the fires.





Image Notes: Photo of oil lamp by Siddharth Varanasi, used under Creative Commons License.