outside myself

My God,

My prayers for another take me outside myself,
and while I am outside myself,
I pray, as well, for myself
as another—
with a sense of perspective
I cannot have—within myself.

I can’t sustain that.
Yet it seems important—
to locate my concerns and celebrations
in a wider awareness of concern and celebration—
a wider awareness of others.

It’s certainly not that I pray for another
in order to pray for myself as another.
Such self-centered intent
would not allow me outside myself to begin with.

Prayer affords us the blessing
of a perspective not just ours.
May it be so.

This I pray in the name of the one whose sense of self
was so definitively shaped by his sense of self as Other,

Amen.

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