Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book ‘The Desiderata of Happiness’ by Max Ehrmann.

Today I pray, “Dear God, Happiness feels different than I thought it was supposed to feel. It is not a hopped-up-on-sugar, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Magical-Mystery-Tour feeling. It is a simple contentedness and faith. Growing into this, I guess I can call myself a baby happy person. What will I want to come back to this moment and say to myself years from now, having grown into the knowingness of true happiness?”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it.”

It is certainly difficult for me to see how I have a right to be here, much less feel it. Yet this is only because I am working to balance my life right now. The contentedness and faith is a blessing of timing. Because I don’t have time to pursue happiness at this time. So happiness simply… showed up. Funny how that works out. I will look back on this time and see that, yes, I have a right to be here. And from here on, I will pay more attention to the unfolding of the Universe.


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