Dear God, may I bring joy to those around me. Let me be enthusiastic — that I may enthuse and thus encourage others.
I awaken early in my dwelling, before dawn, before my fellows. Outside my door is wildlife, completing their nighttime foraging. As they retire, as I rise, the day is a fresh page.
Lord, let me write poetry of joy, songs to lift spirits!
My back is sturdy today, and my legs strong. I can walk all day. Let my hands grasp others’ loads and sing them a marching song. We can all walk together, laughing like children sharing stories.