The Publisher: "In this timely book of candid, powerful, and thought-provoking prayers, William Cleary gives courage and hope to those who find it difficult to connect with the divine in the midst of uncertainty. Cleary's newest work is an engaging expression of faith in a God who often seems entirely "other"--and it recognizes that true faith is not bought cheaply. We Side with the Morning provides 365 prayers on subjects ranging from doubt, social injustice, and the inevitability of death--to joy, peace, and the mystery of a loving, personal God who hears the prayers of each person."
We Hear Your Whisper: For an alert piety
We hear your whisper, Silent Creator, in the scent of
moonflowers, closing their blooms as the sun rises. Your being glows there, and
everywhere that life is, sometimes stopping us in our tracks to pause and sense
the sweet bouquet of a living thing thriving out of sight, but much in evidence
to the alert. Give us ears to hear your messages in the air around us,
irrepressible Spirit, alert to the soaring music just below the surface of
You Answer: In touch with God
Ultimate Mystery, Holy God, womb and creator of all that is, you
hear the cries of our being whenever our hearts beat. You hear the body
language of our needs and desires in our every motion and action. Your answer
to our communication is the continuance of our being, the energies of our
living organs, and the magnetic pull of our destiny. It is an elegant two-way
interaction, and we rejoice enthusiastically to be part of it and aware of it.
Living Energy: Appreciating life itself
Living Energy, who knows us the way you created us as well as the
way we have shaped ourselves, we greet you in the Cloud of Unknowing, reaching
for mutuality with you, some level of real communication. Along with you we
agonize for the earthly failures of love, and for human pain and violence, and
with you we rejoice at the slanting morning sunrise and the heroism sprouting
like the wildflowers surprising us everywhere. We give thanks for the good parts of earthly life, and long to enhance them however we can today.