In Zen-like simplicity, poet Spence Pfleiderer gives us a warm little poem that is also a prayer to God. The aptly-named A Simple Morning Prayer pleads for understanding and love, for connection and illumination in a handful of terse lines. This piece is evidence that a poem need not be complex or long-winded to be a thing of authentic beauty and power.
A Simple Morning Prayer
Make me like one of your leaves
Thirsty for light
Make me like one of your rocks
Quiet to the core
Make me like one of your raindrops
Joining the river
Make me like one of your feathers
Floating in uncertainty
Make me like one of your stars
Shining through darkness
Make me like You
Able to love.
Spencer Pfleiderer lives in Orlando with his wife. Together they have five children. He has been a public speaker for 35 years. He is The President and CEO of a non-profit residential life skills center serving those with substance use disorder in Orlando, FL. He is also director of a homeless ministry that helps people in the downtown area. Spence is an avid bicyclist and a bibliophile.