Day 30: Let Us Pray

Day 30: Let Us Pray

"The reality of his seeing caused me to begin to see." 

James Baldwin, 1965, on the painter Beauford Delaney

“The reality of his seeing caused me to begin
to see.”
— James Baldwin, "On the Painter Beauford Delaney," 1965

Baldwin wrote that his beloved friend and mentor Beauford Delaney taught him to begin to see. The same is true of Baldwin and us - we begin to see because he teaches us to see. In this time of #BlackLivesMatter, we must learn to train our eyes onto the things Baldwin teaches us to see. 
For a list of works by James Baldwin and recommendations on further reading, click here.

We look back, learning from history. 
We look out, facing the beautiful and terrible realities of contemporary life. 
We look forward, as Baldwin did, imagining a better future forged in honesty, laughter, and love. 

In the name of God, we pray:

Give us new voices
like Baldwin’s
to call for revolution.

Give us new hearts
like Baldwin’s
to love with holy passion.

Give us new spirits
like Baldwin’s
to pray without ceasing.

Amen.
Day 29 - First Steps: Love

Day 29 - First Steps: Love