Posts tagged ‘prayer’

Prayer for a New Day

Contributed by Sister Gemma from Annunciation Monastery

Oh Holy One, with the dawn of this new day, clothe me with patience, compassion, humility and gentleness. May these be my robes to give you glory as I go forth, in faith, to embrace this day with a heart filled with gratitude.  And over all these virtues enfold me in LOVE!  You who adorn the earth with beauty, clothe me with Your image, Your love!  Amen.

 

As Smoke Blown Away

As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.  Psalm 68: 2 NIV

It’s easy to read this verse and remember Israel’s Old Testament enemies: Philistines, Hittites, Amalakites, Jebusites and all the others.  My enemies have different names: Worry, sloth, discouragement, self-doubt, and anxiety are a few that come to mind. You have your own enemies to add to the list.

The Word of God stands true.  As He dealt with the enemies of Biblical times, God will deal with our enemies.  He will blow away our depression, discouragement and apathy as smoke is blown away by the wind.  He destroys the worry, anger, and disappointment like wax melting in a fire.  He drives away every negative attitude and emotion that drags us down and holds us back from accomplishing what He wants for us.

Dear Lord, I give you permission to drive these enemies out of my life.  Amen

 

Lessons from a Labyrinth

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While on a writing retreat at Annunciation Monastery in Bismarck, North Dakota, I had the opportunity to walk a prayer labyrinth.  I’d heard of them only in magazines and learned that a labyrinth is not a maze where one must decide between two directions, but rather a single winding path in the shape of a huge circle.  The labyrinth at the monastery was made out of field stone and lay in the midst of beautiful green prairie. The goal is to pray while walking to the center of the circle.

A labyrinth is an ancient pattern that is to remind us of our spiritual journeys.  When I first walked up to it, I had a surge of confidence.  It looked easy.  I wasn’t too far into the journey when it took a sudden turn and took me in the opposite direction of where I wanted to go.  I later found out the entire labyrinth is a mile long though it looks much smaller.  I followed the winding trails, tried to quiet my impatience by focusing on the journey rather than the destination.  I found a robin’s egg shell and enjoyed the lovely song of the meadowlark.  The evening sky showed blue against the green grass of a wet prairie.  Puffy white clouds drifted across the heavens.  And then I was at the center, the place of my destination.

So much like life.  Always harder and longer than you expect.  Many twists and turns that can either discourage us to the point of giving up or else teach us to enjoy the journey rather than focus too much on the end result.  It reminded me of  Pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress, my own spiritual marathon, and Jesus who leads  every step of the way.  Though we may think we will never reach our goal we may be sure that eventually we will–as long as we follow the path one step at a time.  And it helps to do it prayerfully!