I have been through times in my life that Strength has been so hard to find and so needed! I used to work in an emotionally abusive environment. Before I could walk in the door, I would ask the Great Spirit/Goddess to loan me just a bit of her strength until I could find my own. I needed strength to be assertive, strength to be professional, strength to hold my temper, strength to simply open the door and walk into “the lion’s den”, strength to face my fears.
To me, this line asks for the strength to trust, the strength to face the unknown, and the strength to keep going no matter what. The unknown can be a bit scary! Especially when you are going places you’ve never been before. That thought put me in the mind of a quote from Frank Herbert:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear... And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
This line also empowers me with my own Strength, which partially springs from Protection. When I feel protected, I feel strong. I am not facing the new and the unknown alone. That thought in itself is Strength.
Searching for the Frank Herbert quote about fear, this quote also came up…which lends itself nicely to the next lines in the Druid Prayer…
“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
While searching, my husband pointed me at this beautiful quote, which also talks about, and invokes, Strength:
"Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe; no less than the trees and the stars, you have the right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham drudgery and broken dreams it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."
- Attributed to Max Ehrmann 1927