Prayer has faithfully comforted me through many a
dark moment. During my most painful, isolated times when my heart was
breaking and confusion reigned I felt such despair and desperation. I had
no clue as to how to lesson the suffering. My fumbling for meaningful
words was just not good enough. I sought comfort in traditional prayer and
gratefully adopted the prayers of others that resonated in my heart.
The prayers crafted by Stormie Omartian in her many
books (refer to Favorite Authors) provided a blanket of comfort I could
not achieve on my own. Slowly I began to recapture my balance, restore my
faith and renew my spirit.
During this same period of time I
religiously attended Al-Anon and Codependent's Anonymous twelve step
Every twelve step meeting I have
attended opened, and frequently closed, with:
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can, and
Wisdom to know the difference.
Eventually I was able to author my own prayer, which I
faithfully recite at the beginning of each new day. Although The Serenity
Prayer and Stormie Omartian's prayers continue to bring me peace on a daily basis, my own
prayer grounds me as I start my day.
I pray for Your divine assistance as I surrender my will and daily life to
I pray for the knowledge of Your will for me,
And the courage to carry it out.
I surrender the results to You.
I pray that the Holy Spirit directs my thoughts, actions, feelings, wants
And I pray that the Holy Spirit guides my communication
Giving me the words to say and the courage to say them
That I may speak diplomatically, directly, calmly and compassionately
Always speaking my truth.
In June of 2002 I began the ritual of a weeklong
annual retreat. I travel to the beautiful, serene Nestucca Sanctuary. It
is there that I can personally slow down and more deeply, peacefully,
spiritually connect with the rhythms of the earth and my soul. It was at
my first retreat that the prayer Spirit of the Living God was shared with
me by the loving, gentle Alexandra whose smile lights the world with joy.
Spirit of the Living
Spirit of the Living God
Present with us now
Bless ___________ in body, mind and spirit
And heal ________ of all that harms ______
In Jesus' name.
Other prayers that ground me in peace
and blanket me in comfort are:
I Chronicles 4:10
Oh, God (my insert) that You would
bless me indeed,
And enlarge my territory,
That Your hand would be with me,
And that You would keep me from evil,
That I may not cause pain!
A Prayer for Peace
(A Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi)
Lord, make me an instrument
of Your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive -
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled
to thy protection, implored they help, or sought
thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by
this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of
virgins, my Mother, to thee we come, before
thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother
of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but
in thy mercy hear and answer us. Amen
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