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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

Participating in Daybreak

Poems From The Porch

Dawn is singing her morning song, lighting up the black trees and inviting the roosters to call in the day.

Crackling fire prayer of presence invokes the awakening of appreciation for all that is, and was, and has yet to be.

It is a holy chorus of life harmonizing with itself in a hymn of praise, giving voice to the creativity of Love.

Good morning, Day!

Good morning, Life!

My heart welcomes your generous self-giving.

Heart of my heart, Breath of my breath, pick up this instrument that I am and play.


Engaging With The Poem

Poetry can be a doorway to the soul and your own creativity. Throughout the ages, the written word has been used as a means to access personal truth and as a vehicle for prayer through the practice of sacred reading (lectio divina). I encourage you to try this beautiful practice and let its fruits be self-evident.

How to Practice Sacred Reading


Read the passage through slowly more than once, noticing how it feels in your body and the response of your heart.

Reflect: What word resonates with you? What phrase speaks to you? What overall personal meaning comes to you? Allow yourself to follow a tangent.

Respond by making space for the prayer of your heart to manifest. Write down the words and/or phrases that resonate with you and allow them to arrange themselves into your own poem or prayer.

Rest with your eyes closed, perhaps using the word that most resonates with you as your mantra for silent meditation.


Dear friend,

May your mind be peaceful and calm, may your body be relaxed and comfortable, and may your heart be filled with love.

Thank you for reading.

Blessings and gratitude, Ani

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