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Prayers: “Prayer for Travelers / Oración Para Los Viajeros

In English

This is a prayer for all the travelers.
For the ones who start out in beauty,
who fall from grace,
who step gingerly,
looking for the way back.
And for those who are born into the margins,
who travel from one liminal space to another,
crossing boundaries in search of center.

This is a prayer for the ones whose births
are a passing from darkness to darkness,
who all their lives are drawn toward the light,
and keep moving,
and for those whose journeys
are a winding road that begins
and ends in the same place,
though only when the journey is completed
do they finally know where they are.

For all the travelers, young and old,
aching and joyful,
weary and full of life;
the ones who are here, and the ones who are not here;
the ones who are like you (and they’re all like you)
and the ones who are different (for in some ways, we each travel alone).

This is a prayer for traveling mercies,
And surefootedness,
for clear vision,
for bread
for your body and spirit,
for water,
for your safe arrival
and for everyone you see along the way.

En Español

Esta oración es para todos los viajeros.
Para los que comienzan en la belleza
y caen de la gracia,
quienes caminan tímidamente,
buscando la manera de volver.
Y para los que nacen en los márgenes,
viajando de un lugar liminal a otro,
cruzando fronteras
en busca del centro.

Es una oración para aquellos cuyo nacimiento
es el paso de oscuridad a oscuridad,
aquellos que se sienten atraídos por la luz,
y avanzan hacia ella.
Y para aquellos cuyas jornadas
son un camino sinuoso
que comienza y termina en el mismo lugar,
aunque sólo al terminar,
sabrán por fin donde están.

Para todos los viajeros,
jóvenes y viejos,
dolientes y alegres,
cansados y llenos de vida;
los presentes y los ausentes,
los que son como tú (y todos son como tú)
y los que son distintos (porque de alguna manera
todos viajamos solos).

Esta es una oración por la misericordia,
para que andes con pie firme,
y visión clara;
por el pan para tu cuerpo y tu espíritu,
por el agua;
para que llegues seguro,
y para todos aquellos que encuentres
en el camino.

Copyright: The author has given Unitarian Universalist Association member congregations permission to reprint this piece for use in public worship. Any reprints must acknowledge the name of the author.

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

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