Depending on God’s Strong Will

Dear God,

Give me Your strength, not to be self-sufficient without You, but courageous in a good sense, including You always.  If I stay close to You, there is no end to what I can accomplish.  This is not ego speaking, but supreme good sense.

You have much that You want us to do in this world.  Speak to me in Your silence and give me the will to do Your bidding.

Thank You!

Amen.

God Wants to See Love in Our Hearts

Dear God,

My disappointment from yesterday turned to joy when I received an apology on email, followed by the phone call I had been promised. 

I discovered something important, though, about the egoic patterns that still linger in my mind.  Yesterday afternoon and evening felt fine when I realized that my heart was longing to feel love.

Once I had turned to love, You were back.  What an important thing to realize!

Thank You for the lesson taught to me yesterday.

Amen.

Egoism

Dear God,

You know that I was cast down in my feelings this morning—all from a disappointment.  I waited for a phone call that had been promised and never came.  But the time has passed now, and I am putting all of this behind me.  I only wish that I had recovered more quickly.

I did turn to You, but You did not seem close to me.  I didn’t feel the warmth that I usually feel when I pray.  Why were You so distant?

I think You knew my ego was involved, and You didn’t want to support egoism.  Now I am, I hope, back on track with You.  Let’s be close again.

Thank You for listening to me, even in my distress.

Amen.

Smooth Pathway

Dear God,

What I have long thought of as a “normal life” has ups and downs, but these smooth out when I stay close to You. Ups and downs are often ego-driven, and I would leave the things of the ego in the dust below my feet. If I sense difficulty, I must just remember to pause and give some thought to Your care for me. That is all it takes.

Be with me today, for I feel a little keyed up and not totally ready for the day. I would walk smoothly today, and for that I need You–always and forever.

Thank You for Your constant care.

Amen.

Appreciation

Dear God,

It is so important that we know that our little part in the world makes a difference. Hearing gratitude from others is important, and it is not necessarily an appeal to any egotistical remnants left in us.

Thank You for the appreciation I received from good friends today. I am buoyed and eager to do more now. All of us might respond the same way.

Thank You for guiding the hands of those who wrote to me.

Amen.

Perfection

Dear God,

I seem to seek perfection in everything.  But I am human, and perfection is an elusive goal.  At the end of my pathway home and back to Him, I will find that God has provided a way for perfection to be mine.  But I am not home yet, and trying to be perfect in this world is often an egoic endeavor, something from which I would turn aside.

There comes a time when I need to settle down and be satisfied with a very good life.

Thank You for helping me realize this.

Amen.

Ego

Dear God,

I got excited yesterday.  Some might call it stress, but I am going to call it just excitement.  I wrote my daily quota on a book, a daily quota that I often don’t meet.  And I felt happy and mostly satisfied that the writing had flowed so well.

Then, in my excitement, I couldn’t sleep well last night.  Please give me two things:  good writing AND good sleep.  If any pattern of the ego is involved, may this habit just fall away. 

Yes, that is it, isn’t it?  A habit of feeling buoyed up in a drama when the writing goes well.  And that is ego.  What I am leaving behind.  Now I know yet another way to leave the ego behind.

Don’t let my writing get me too excited.

And I will sleep well.

Amen.