I declare a release from work—to nourish the stamina to pursue ideals;
I declare a special hour—to help cherish life’s joys and combat life’s sorrows;
I declare a reign of holiness—to deepen our grounding in the sustaining mystery.
I declare a time for simply being and letting go, for rediscovering great, forgotten truths, for basking in the arts of the ages, and for learning how to live again.
From Singing in the Night: Collected Meditations, Volume Five, edited by Mary Benard (Skinner House, 2004).