Trust

Dear God,

I am praying about a future occurrence, or non-occurrence.  I pray that You will make it all work out—as I bid, I hope, but in Your own way.  Give me trust.

The Senate chaplain in the forties, Peter Marshall, once said that he didn’t know what to do, what would happen, because God hadn’t told him yet.  No obsessions, just trust.  I need that trust now.

I especially ask that the working out of this prayer be smooth and easy.  No anger on my part.  I have turned it over to You.

In You my request is safe.

Amen.

Thank You

Dear God,

I was surprised this morning how fast You answered a prayer.  I prayed, and five minutes later—no more—I saw a clearer day, prayer beginning to be answered, and then, a little longer, and a prayer answered.

This swiftness helps me to realize that You want to help me to make my life work.  Your help is a free offer, no strings attached.  Or so I have thought since a mystical moment at night in Dallas half a lifetime ago.  A free offer.

I am grateful for an assurance that You step in and change things that are going awry.  When I open my heart to You, and when I take steps in Your direction, I find that you have a much more open Heart, and You have taken many more steps in my direction.

Thank You for once again turning me aside from skepticism about Your willingness, always, to answer prayer.

 Amen.

Slowing Down

Dear God,

You know that I like to be active, busy and engaged in a variety of activities.  But You have taught me that if I don’t slow down to the beat of the music in my life, I won’t find You.  Busyness can be an evasion of You.

Keep me productive, but don’t let me get ahead of myself.  Be there for me, always.  Keep reminding me that a slowed down life allows me to listen to the silence in which You speak to me.

I will relax today.  I will de-stress and enjoy Your company.

Amen.

Good Days

Dear God,

I often ask You for a good day, that I would be blessed with a good day on this day.  I sometimes think that You must tire of that prayer.  But You don’t mind me sounding like a broken record.  You wish that I would receive all the good that You are offering.

I know that it is within my power, with You living through me, to wake up, right off the bat, with a good day from when I first open my eyes.  I know that it is within my power.  But sometimes I am weak and vulnerable, and I ask You, once again, to help me come into my own.

Take my mind and heart from the beginning of the first rays of sunlight in any given day.  I offer mind and heart to You, with the assurance that You will return them to me, after a good night’s sleep, better than they were yesterday.

Amen.

Peace

Dear God,

Thank you for the sense of calm that I feel now, as the day draws to a close.  The evening is ahead of me, an oasis of peace before the busy morrow comes.

If I feel dragged out now, help me to know that serenity sometimes feels like sleepytime.  Sleep will come soon enough, but in the meantime, I am totally relaxed for a laidback evening.

In this time of peace, help me to realize that saying a prayer for others is a good way to act, especially at a time when my own needs are way in the background.  May those in my circle feel blessed by the umbrella of prayer that I offer now, to them.

Amen.

Safety

Dear God,

I want to be safe, maybe too much.  Does it hinder You in acting with me to know that my safety needs seem so large?

I used not to know that this was a safe universe, a friendly universe.  When I was in my early teen years, I used to lie awake at night and wonder about just that.  Why didn’t I love You more?  I was afraid of You.

Now that is all in the past.  Long ago I realized that I live in a friendly universe, that You are out there and also within me, just looking to guide–when I will let You.

I will let You today.  Keep me wrapped up in Your cocoon of love, knowing that whatever might happen, I truly am safe.  Because You deem it so.

Amen.