A Prayer for Awareness by Ken Gire
Thank You, O God,
For seeing beyond the surface of my life
to the child sitting at the mirror.
Thank You for sitting down beside me,
putting Your arm around me,
and speaking to me with such tenderness,
such compassion, and such understanding.
Help me to be ware of the pictures in my life
that are everywhere around me and at all times
showing me something I need to see,
telling me something I need to hear,
offering me something I need to receive.
Help me look beyond the surface of those pictures to see windows.
Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to receive
what you are offering me though those windows,
that I might sense what is dear to You
so that it might become what is dear to me…
Ken Gire provides tender insight in his book “Windows of the Soul.” He writes about this Rockwell image in which the girl sits in front of her mirror, her doll cast aside, as she rests a magazine on her lap.
“There is something about this girl, this girl whose arms are held close and whose hands are curled inward like the petals of a flower. She is somewhere between bud and blossom. Somewhere between her last doll and her first date. Somewhere between dressing up and growing up…
The girl is on the threshold of her life, standing on very tentative legs, now sitting. She knows it is a threshold she will have to cross, but she’s hesitant, unsure. Her body is tugging at her, pulling her through the door, but something inside is pulling her back…
We go from threshold to threshold with something pulling us forward and something pulling us back. We sit in front of a mirror, tentative, hesitant, unsure…”