Wednesday, February 03, 2010
I read the following prayer at the beggining of the week. It resonated with me because it reflected feelings that I have felt. I was humbled to discover the prayer's author and when the prayer was prayed. I have read this prayer many times this week. It prods my prayerful heart. I am not going through a serious trial but I do struggle from day to day. These words encourage me to pray.
"O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me...
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me so to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised."
Dietrick Bonhoeffer, written while waiting execution in a Nazi prison