A brilliant response

Another gem discovered on Ian Cron’s blog recently. A father sends his six-year-old daughter’s school assignment (which required her to write a letter beginning “To God, How did you get invented?”) to several churches in England. Click the link to read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s brilliant, kind, perfectly-pitched reply (along with more of the backstory):

http://www.iancron.com/2011/04/22/archbishop-of-canterbury-makes-me-proud/

More great prayers…

Must be the day for finding great prayers. Was just catching up on Ian Cron’s great blog (www.iancron.com) and it seems Cron is an old hand at something I’ve only recently started doing: writing down beautiful, thoughtful, well-composed prayers whenever I come across them. You know, the ones that really just seem to stab you in the heart (in a good way!). As Cron puts it, prayers that “say clearly what you always felt vaguely”.

The first is listed as The Prayer of Thomas Merton:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
This one is by Fr Teilhard de Chardin, not a bloke I’m familiar with but whose prayer has really got me intrigued. I’ve found myself mulling over the phrase, “Trust in the slow work of God…“. Lots to think/pray about in this one:

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We would like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet, it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability –
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time,
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming in you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

 

 

Prayer of surrender

Here’s a wonderful prayer of surrender I found on Mindy Caliguire’s website, www.soulcare.com

Jesus,
i am a humble, lowly servant woman.
take me … all of me.
add anything, take anything away.
at any cost, at any price.
make me yours completely, wholly.
may i not be remembered for the
way i wear my hair, or the shape of
my face, or the people i know,
or the crowds I’ve addressed. may i
be known for loving You … for carrying
a dream … for building bridges to
the hurt and broken and lost in the
world. make me what You would be if
you lived in person where i do. may
everything accomplished through my
simple life bring honour and glory to
You. take my human flaws and
failures and use them to remind
those who know me that only
You are God and i will
always just be _______.
amen
&
amen

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