Thursday, September 25, 2008

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

…Because I can’t buy it or barter for it and I don’t have it. Out of your generosity please give it to us all because we live in spiritual emptiness. Our daily bread – that which we need to live. Give us only what will sustain us. Don’t give us the desert or an appetizer but don’t let us stay hungry and weak. With your grace, help us to be stronger.
Today’s bread may be the gift of joy or new hope. If I need correction today that may be the bread you give me Lord. I know I’m spiritually hungry and weak. Nothing on this earth can sustain me. I’m not asking for complete satisfaction of all my needs, only for enough grace for today.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

As It Is In Heaven

Before Adam and Eve’s sin earth was like heaven. Your will was done in both. But we have continued along their path. The more we sin the more dissimilar earth and heaven become. This prayer asks that we, your people, return to our original state of grace Lord. That we –like Adam and Eve- appreciate our garden and thank you for it. That we renew our sense of wonder and of being in the moment. This phrase symbolizes our return to humility, simplicity and innocence. If we did that, as your obedient children, your will would be done. Earth would look more like heaven.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thy Will Be Done on earth

…But we preferred our own will to ours. The design was altered during our implementation of the plan. My sinfulness, willfulness, selfishness caused the alterations. Now that things have gone so far awry it’s almost hard to remember the original intent. I get very preoccupied with my own needs in this life and I forget my role in your Big Picture. When I pray for your will to be done on earth, I’m praying that you work in me, through me, around me to make this earth conform to your original design. I’m praying that you teach me how to make you priority #1 so that my actions and thought are more like yours. Whatever it takes Lord, your will be done. Your will be done on earth means I want you to ignore my preferences, my requests and demands. Just ignore them. I will embrace a stance of nothingness. I’ll have no preferences, no disappointments, and no plans. That’s not an easy prayer Lord! And yet how often have I prayed it? Only with your grace Lord, may I get to the point at which self indulgence is not in my thoughts.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Thy Kingdom Come

If we each and all did the ‘right thing’ our world would look different. Earth would be more heaven-like. It would be the way you envisioned it, Jesus. Your design would become a true creation

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Even your name should be held holy…like everything else about you. You should be completely adored, praised and appreciated. Because of how patient you are with us- because of your mercy on us –because of your unconditional love for us. The degree of all these things is something only a God can do. Why do you keep doing it despite our lack of response? Our lack of gratitude? It’s beyond my ability to fathom. Only God could love us despite our sinfulness. And so I praise you God for this extreme generosity! I wish more people could appreciate you better – including myself. You are holy. You are sacred. Your mother on earth was born sinless. Your foster father was a quiet, humble, obedient and faithful man. The relationship between your true Father and you evokes a Holy Spirit making an unrepeatable Trinity. You heal the sick, forgive sins, taught us through the Scriptures and gave us your very own Body and Blood as spiritual food. Yes Lord, You are holy!