A Morning Prayer
God of my life, I welcome this new day.
It is your gift to me, a new creation, a promise of resurrection.
I thank you for the Grace of being alive this morning.
I thank you for the sleep that has refreshed me.
I thank you for this chance to make a new beginning.
This day, Lord, is full of promise and opportunity:
help me to waste none of it.
This day is full of mystery and the unknown:
help me to face it without fear or anxiety.
This day is blessed with beauty and adventure:
make me fully alive to it all.
During this day help me to be thoughtful, prayerful and kind.
Help me to be courteous and helpful to others,
and not turned in on myself.
Help me to control any words or deeds that would hurt,
or destroy, or belittle.
When night comes again, help me to look back on this day
with no grievance or bitterness in my heart.
I pray that nobody will be unhappy because of anything
I have done or anything I have failed to do.
Lord, bless this day for me and for all people.
Make it a day in which we grow to have
the mind of Christ, your Son.
Lord Jesus Christ, friend and brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly, and follow you
more nearly, day by day.
So—how is your ‘prayer life’ going? Some days are better than others for most of us. For many—it is like a wave—depending on our energy and the challenges of the day. Sometimes—we just ‘dry out’ and can’t think of anything to say because our days seem to be all the same. Or, for some— we pray on empty—the prayers are always the same: over and over and over. We just need a boost! Thank God we belong to a huge-universal Church with many traditions! And one of those traditions is the Liturgical Seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time). And each season offers a variety of Feast Days and prayers for that season. That’s a good start. However—for those of us who can’t go on seasonal retreats — we may need a ‘little nudge’ so that we are not ‘praying on empty.’
During the Advent Season— (starting the weekend of Nov. 30 –Dec. 1) we will offer a series “Praying on Empty” — Saturdays (Nov. 30, Dec.7, 14, 21) from 2:30-3:30 in the Memorial Chapel (vestibule of the church).