Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Nov. 18, 2001
- As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. This meditation was written by Joseph W. Houle.
�. . . your hand . . .�
Thank you, God, for the gift of my hands. Thank you for
empowering me through them to receive the gifts of life,
to heal others with a gentle touch, to praise you by
raising them in openness and trust.
Forgive me for the times I have used my hands to grasp and
cling to power, possessions, and prestige, to touch others
possessively, lustfully, or violently, or to take what
belongs to another. Today I cut off these uses of my
hands and throw them away.
� . . . your foot . . .�
Thank you, God, for the gift of my feet. Thank you for
the pleasure they give me in running, swimming, and
playing, in walking about on our planet, and in standing
tall and proud in your sunlight.
Forgive me for the times I have used my feet to enter
places that do not glorify you, to kick or trip up others
on their life journeys, or to intrude into another�s space.
Today I cut off these uses of my feet and throw them away.
�. . . your eye . . .�
Thank you, God, for the gift of my eyes. Thank you for the
way they enable me to enjoy the colors, shapes, and textures
of your creation, to read and learn from the insights of
others, and to communicate without words my inner life.
Forgive me for the times I have used my eyes to look at
others in a depreciative way, to convey a dishonest message,
or to violate another�s privacy by looking at his or her
words, experiences, or possessions uninvited. Today I
pluck out these uses of my eyes and throw them away.
Thank you, God, for all the parts of my body. Teach me
the right use of each part and help me to eliminate those
abuses and misuses that separate me from the fullness of
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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