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Joan Goodwin: To The Four Directions

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Spirit of the East, spirit of air, of morning and springtime: Be with us as the sun rises, in times of beginning, times of planting. Inspire us with the fresh breath of courage as we go forth into new adventures.

Spirit of the South, spirit of fire, of noontime and summer: Be with us through the heat of the day and help us to be ever growing. Warm us with strength and energy for the work that awaits.

Spirit of the West, spirit of water, of evening and autumn: Be with us as the sun sets, and help us to enjoy a rich harvest. Flow through us with a cooling, healing quietness and bring us peace.

Spirit of the North, spirit of earth, of nighttime and winter: Be with us in the darkness, in the time of gestation. Ground us in the wisdom of the changing seasons as we celebrate the spiraling journey of our lives.

Joan Goodwin (1926-2006) was an author and leader in liberal religious education. After working in religious education at Unitarian churches in Milwaukee and Cleveland, Goodwin worked at the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1973-1987. Her published works include The Remarkable Mrs. Ripley: The Life of Sarah Alden Bradford.