Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blessing for the Busy

I keep this prayer in my notebook (that I reference daily). It was copied and sent to me by my sweet daughter Sharida in the late 1990’s. She and I have a lot more in common than either one of us likes to admit! (Or, maybe we’re both secretly a bit “proud” to be like each other!)

It’s just good.

Blessing for the Busy

Lord, I’ll not complete everything I need to do today.

Time will run out; the sun will set; the day will be done;

and I will not have finished the task.

Help me not to set myself up for failure

by thinking I can get it all done,

then feeling defeated when I don’t.

Acceptance comes hard for me.

Help me accept my limitations

and the limitations of this day.

Since I’ll not get everything done today, guide me, oh Lord,

to accomplish the essential instead of simply the habitual.

Help me to see those who must be seen.

Lead me to do those things that must be done

instead of those that could be done.

Make me more sensitive to broken hearts

than to my planned schedule.

On the other hand, may my sensitivity to time

free me from the time-grabbers and the time-wasters.

Above all, Lord, be my partner this day.

You can see ahead and I can’t.

Help me to remember

that nothing can happen to me today

that you and I can’t handle together.

Thank you, Lord,


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