And now, Anne, I'd like to ask you to read to us your vision for us and for this world.

(She does so.)

Anne, please repeat after me:

Dear God,
Thank You for my life.
May it open now to a new and glorious chapter.
May my past and future be transformed.
May I become a channel for good as never before.
May the generation behind me receive strength
and comfort from my being here.
May I glorify and fortify Your light on earth.

OFFICIANT: Dear Anne, you are to be honored and respected for what you have done and who you are. You are an Elder among us, a wise one who has seen what we have not seen. Teach us, that we might all be more.

We deeply thank you. We wish you well. Go in peace and go in joy.

(To those assembled)

I bless you all.

From Illuminata by Marianne Williamson. Copyright© 1994. Published by arrangement with Random House, Inc. Reprint permission from Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Group.


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