I would ask for courage to stand up against the things that I see that are wrong. To stand with those already on the front lines, standing with determination and strength. To stand with those, who have educated themselves of the right needed to fight against the wrong. Those who stand for the right, but using the right methods. The ones that draw attention without causing harm of any sort.
I would ask for courage to go where I am needed without hesitation.
For the courage that when I see abuse, be it an abused child, adult or animal, that I will step in and seek to assist and protect. That I would get help if needed. That I would stand up and be heard. Speaking for those who can’t for what ever reason.
For the courage to seek better for myself. When fears slip in and seek to overwhelm me. That I have the ability to fight back and win.
That I have the courage to reach out to those who are struggling, offering a hand up, a moment of encouragement, a brief interlude of hope in a time of struggle. That I will be able to if not give assistance, that I will be able to find someone who can and will.
I would ask for the courage to stand on a stage, a street corner, a soap box, or one to one, and speak truth. Not the half truths, not the watered down truths, not the false altered words that are meant to lead others the wrong way. That I would stand tall and brave and speak what needs to be shared and heard.
I would ask for the courage to stand up against the bullies, the liars, the racist, the afraid. That I would have courage to stand up to the ones who feel entitled, not backing down to their feelings of superiority. To stand against the wrong and for the suffering.
I would ask for the courage, to face my own fears, my own insecurities, my own moments of feelings of low self worth. In so doing, be able to show it can be done, and give ways to stand up for others who face their own moments.
I would ask, for courage, to be me. Just me, the me who I am. Me, in a world trying so hard to be who they aren’t.
I would ask for courage to speak boldly of love, of hope, of compassion, of salvation. Speaking not in judgement, not in condemnation, not in anything but love and forgiveness. That I would have the courage to stand in the dark with a single match, ready to believe in the power of it to dispel the darkness. Believing that a single word…love…can light the way. That courage, can send darkness fleeing. That courage, can give strength, create hope, build compassion.