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Prayer: A conversation with The Higher Other who lives within each of us. An invitation to vent, to re-think, to ask, and to rest.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Prayers for Lent, Day 18: Give Up, Take On, Pray

Our Savior is our true Mother in whom we are endlessly born and out of whom
we shall never come.     
~ Julian of Norwich* 1342-ca 1416  

      Few of us can claim personal experience with unconditional love either received or given. Perhaps a moment with a child, even a pet, but such a rarefied occasion is fleeting and fragile.
      Yet there are those times when even the strongest of us needs the all-ecompassing embrace of one who requires nothing in return, has no expectations, and wants only to care for and comfort, nurture and love us.  Whisper in your heart to the One and know.

O Great Nurturer, Comforter, and Soother,
       Some days I want too much from others and they want too much from me. I'm certain that I try to meet the expectations of them and I often feel that they leave me alone in the dust of frustration. I can easily dig myself deeper and deeper into the ditch of resentment. For today I will give up feeling aggravated when I think my needs aren't being met. I will take on meeting others where they are, doing as I'm able to do with and for them, and let go of open (or secret) expectations of any kind of return for my efforts. I will pray to release myself from inward annoyance, outward irritation, and turn to You for sustenance, reassurance, and refreshment. amen.

* Julian of Norwich, was an English Anchoress (a hermit who lived in, and was sometimes permanently enclosed in, a small cell attached to a wall of the church whose life consisted of daily devotions, prayer, devotional reading, and writing). She is considered to be one of the most important mystics in all of Christianity. Her manuscript of Revelations of Divine Love - also known as the Short Text - is thought to be the oldest surviving book written in English by a woman.  She is probably best known for her words that with God, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well."

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