This was an assignment from The Artist's Rule by Christine Valters Paintner. I highly recommend the book for those who love to weave together art and faith.
A Creative's Opening Prayer
Bless the unused spaces
with the promise of fullness,
Or the comfort that the emptiness
is a thing of beauty
And not to be feared.
Bless the time it takes to fill---
or to wait.
Bless the heart that cries for understanding
aches for inspiration
that thinks it is all on her.
Bless my airways,
may they move steady in rhythm
Remind me not to hold my breath-
and may i not waste it to spite the human race.
The skin falls away into dust.
The anger burns away into ash.
The noise becomes a swishing kind of silence.
Bless this whole process,
most especially the parts I’m not proud of and don’t want others to see-
The parts that are vile and unkind.
May their diehard spirits
make some damn good fertilizer for the seeds of hope
whose planting I pray
you will also bless with the water of life
as I tenderly coax
Listen to the author read here.