Patience

Dear God,

I am going to be patient with myself on this Sabbath, the day of rest.  Being easy with one’s self is one of the secrets to good living, because if we press all the time, we burn out.

Grant me good feelings, good moods.  And thank You for telling me when to just stop in midstream.

Amen.

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Apology

Dear God,

I said “I’m sorry” to my nearest and dearest yesterday, and it has made all the difference.  Thich Nhat Hahn says that we will get tripped up from anger unless we practice mindfulness.  I certainly know that contemplation soothes and calms and makes me less anxious, thereby taking the fuel out of anger.

Apologies are sometimes called for, and I have to set aside my pride when I do apologize.  But pride is not a particularly helpful attitude to take when we are in an intimate relationship.

Thank You for guiding me back to You.

Amen.

Anger

Dear God,

When I get angry, I suffer, because anger is always unjustified, and, deep inside, I know that.  Help me to turn to my journal and vent there when I am overwrought.  I never get angry unless I am stressed.

Thank You for bringing me to the understanding that too much stress promotes anger.  I would reduce the stress, always and forever.  I would be mellow and peaceful, resting in Your arms.

Amen.

Holy Instant

Dear God,

I remember today a time more than 40 years ago when I was mellow and at peace, a holy instant.  I was living alone and going out during the day to my first job, teaching.  You touched me.  I meditated before I even knew what meditation was.

Now I revisit that wondrous feeling in memory.  Thank You for keeping the memory fresh.  I ask for more holy instants like that one.

Thank You.

Amen.

Autumn Blessings

Dear God,

As I sit on my sun porch, I am delighted by the balmy air, the deep blue sky, the bright sunshine.  We are heading into autumn, my favorite time of year. I feel so grateful to You for providing such a lovely environment in which we, Your children, might find happiness.

Give me patience to look beyond tiny, niggling concerns to the bigger picture.  My blessings are many, and for this I say a heartfelt “thank You.”

Amen.