My prayers for another take me outside myself,
and while I am outside myself,
I pray, as well, for myself
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,