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30 Days of Love: 24/30

Posted by Jeremie Bateman // February 11th 2013 // soundings, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

It seems  I have a tendency to offer to blog on the day when 30 Days of Love asks for a prayer.  Last year, I offered this prayer, which drew inspiration from my high school years.

I struggled to write it, as I often struggle to pray.  You see, I grew up in a tradition where there were prayers to be memorized and recited and those were the ones I knew.  Formulas that, as a child, I didn’t really understand, though I’ve come to appreciate them as an adult.  Extemporaneous prayer, however, whether public or private, was something elusive.  I didn’t know how to do it.

What I didn’t know then was that prayer was for me and not necessarily for anyone or anything else.  Even public prayer, to me, is about sharing authentically what I have to share and not what I think will impress others.  In this case, my prayer is hope: for me, for you, for the larger movement.  As I was writing this reflection, I was mulling over what words I might share publicly that would constitute a prayer to ‘share the love’ and was struck by perhaps an unlikely source.

On this day of our 30 Days of Love, I offer a prayer inspired by RuPaul’s signoff on every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race:  “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else.”

May we learn to love our whole selves.

May we learn to love ourselves so that we in turn can love others more fiercely. 

May those others receive our love and also love themselves, to then in turn go out and love others.

Let us be part of an ongoing cycle that exponentially adds love to the world. 

So may it be. 



February 11, 2013. Write a prayer/mantra/meditation.

Tibetan prayer stonesWrite your own prayer, mantra or meditation.  They can take many forms.  Some may be addressed to a deity or to an idea.  Others may be requests for guidance, expressions of gratitude, or an expression of your thoughts, offered not to anyone in particular, but put out into the world.

Share your prayer, mantra or meditation in the comments or at Standing on the Side of Love.



About the Author

Jeremie Bateman is the Leadership Development Associate in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA. He can be reached at jbateman@uua.org.
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