How do we “muscle” through in this life when faced with our egg-shell reality?
What I mean is how do we endure the unpredictability and painful parts of being human- devastating tornadoes, cancer, terrorism, financial crisis, marital disappointments, terrific grief, doubts about who we are and who and where God is?
Following are a collection of prayers that have proven to be faithful “life-preservers” along my own journey. What we discover in the eye of the storm is that all we have is God. So we must reach for God to see us through, to help us make sense of this world, and to continue to live in hope. Often it is the shortest prayers that find us in God’s embrace the fastest.
“Dear God, I open myself to you, please enter where you already abide.” -Marianne Williamson
“Hover over me God” -Teresa D’Avila
“Show me the way, O Lord!” -Psalm 25:4
“In you Lord, I move, I live, I have my being.” -Acts 17:28
“Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you; I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve and with boundless confidence. For you are my father.” –Charles de Foucauld
“Be still and know that I am your God.” -Psalm 46:10
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” -Thomas Merton
Live in Hope,