A Prayer for the Artists
by Meg Riley
It would be so much easier, you say, if this gift hadn’t claimed you.
If this creativity didn’t demand your full intention.
This gift that comes from your deepest core.
It would be so much easier, you say, if you could be like everyone else.
If you could simply admire others’ works.
Content to walk on trails others have blazed, rather than blazing your own.
May you always collaborate with a creative spirit you can never name,
May you know that your creations are not yours alone,
That you are never alone.
May the healing you offer to the world be returned to you.
May you know joy.
May you know abundance.
May you know companionship.
And may we, who benefit from your gifts, remember to thank you,
Using our own creativity to support yours.
Meg Riley is senior minister at CLF. She’s been a UU minister for twenty years. As a UU kid in West Virginia, she quickly learned to enjoy being ‘different,’ which has served her well in a ‘different’ life. Riley lives in Minneapolis, where she enjoys walking by lakes, gardening, reading and writing, and in social media, where she enjoys hanging out, keeping up with people, and playing the occasional game of Scrabble. She is the parent of a teenager, and the companion of a number of four legged friends.