My upstairs neighbor, George Greer, said that the first time he said goodbye to my nine month old son, Colin; they were his parting words to Colin every time after. I thought it was an amusing way to part company with a baby at the time, but over the 20+ years since, I’ve come to see it as a powerful benediction:
Be brave. Take on the day’s adventure – who knows what will happen on any given day, in any given minute? Do the work which may be necessary but won’t always be easy or fulfilling.
Be brave. Don’t hide who you are. Meet whomever and whatever comes as your true self, not hiding behind a mask. The world may knock the stuffing out of you sometimes, but it will also provide steadfast companions to help you on your way.
Be brave. Don’t live a lesser life because a deep one involves loss and pain. You can change the world in ways no one else can, but it takes some fortitude.
Be brave. With God’s help, be brave.
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties.
[For the full prayer, click For Today: Phillips Brooks prayer above]