|Santa Ysabel Mission, photo Joyce Wycoff
by Anita Perez Ferguson
You are the author of all our stories.
Be with me as I step onto this empty page.
Be to me both fire and wonder,
Inspiration and guide.
May I befriend the reader with true welcome.
May these characters reflect the hope, fears,
And the pain we all possess.
May the blessing of relief and acceptance live here.
As a creator, may I be wise, skillful, honest,
And love this story into being.