World Religions of the West

Chiara Adendorff

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Orthodox Quaker: Religious Society of Friends

Draw Breath by Geoffrey Weeden

Breathe in the quiet purpose of this place;

Through outward stillness, seek a calm within.

Here we can find forgiveness and forgive;

Here feel the healing miracle begin.

Breathe out the busy world, the teeming mind,

The follies, fears and failures of the week;

Breathe out contention, pettiness and pride,

And wait in trust for that of God to speak.

Breathe in communion, friend with quiet friend,

Each drawing closer in this timeless hour;

As all our different needs and gifts are drawn

To the one source of comfort, love and power.

Breathe out at last, to God, the heart's full thanks

That we have seen this vision, known this grace;

Renewed through love, let us that love extend

Through all our daily life beyond this place.

Orthodox Quakers, or Quakers in general, do not seem to have a straight type of prayer that I could find but rather find that through expression of words in different forms, like poems, are ways they worship God. 

What I really liked about this poem would be how it encompasses everything in a calming way. I have always believed that if you have a sense of peace with yourself or need it, you must look inward to the Holy Spirit that resides in you and just believe that no matter the situation, everything will always turn out for the best. 

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