One of my favorite Minnesota composer/song writers is Doug Wood. I met him at an environmental education conference several years ago where he was the keynote speaker and entertainer. As you might guess, the theme of many of his songs is the environment, Minnesota’s in particular. However, one of my favorite songs of his is “Sarah’s Prayer.” I would like to share it with you. It is my prayer for each of you and your children as they grow and thrive in this world.
May your spirit be a free and gentle bird
May honesty and light guide every word.
May your thoughts stroll from the heavens to the sea
May the stars reveal their ancient harmony.
May your clouds be just to soften hurt and pain.
May your face be kissed with quiet summer rain.
May the mountains pluck the thunder form your sky.
May a flower grow with every tear your cry.
And everywhere you go, in everyone your know, Let there be love.
May your windy winter nights be safe and warm.
May the light of reason pierce the darkest storm.
May you know the silent secret of a lake.
May your wisdom grow with every step you take.
May your friends be good and true and always there.
May you always have a happy time to share.
May the hollow hurts of loneliness be few,
The surprise of understanding always new.
And may the taste of life be always fresh and sweet
And may kindness flow from everyone you meet.
May the mystery of childhood be your home
As your spirit takes the years of life to roam.
And when the hour comes for you to rest
May the love of life be still within your breast.
And everywhere you go, in everyone you know, Let there be love.
Douglas Wood, “Sarah’s Prayer,” WISH FOR THE WILDS, copyright, 1978.