Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Simple Prayer of Gratitude in Response to God's Presence

The entrance to the limestone Benedictine Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana, where I studied to become a spiritual director, has two words engraved in the stone above the door: "Seek God." I've kept these two words close in mind through the years when I've needed guidance as well as when I had reason to celebrate.

Not too long ago, I was faced with several days of uncertainty and unfamiliarity. I awakened each morning with fatigue wondering how I would make it through the day. I sought God in the early hours, asking for an opening so I could enter God's presence in a way that would give me grounding and strength.

Leaning against the dresser in my room, yearning with desired to enter fully the adventures of the day ahead, God responded, filing my heart with energy to sustain and keep me alert to encounters and interactions that would happen as the day evolved.

My response to God in those moments, still leaning against the dresser, was a prayer reflecting my gratitude for the assurance of God's participation in my life - even when my awareness wanders.

                                                Thank you, God, for hearing my prayer.
                                               
                                                Thank you, God, for knowing my heart.

                                                Thank you, God, for your love.

                                               Amen.

Prayer: Generous God, these are simple words you gave me, a letter of gratitude, defining how you are with us always. In our seeking, whatever our circumstances, joyful or challenging, we have reminders of your presence and you know our hearts even before we come to you. In your goodness, you sustain and celebrate our path each day. Amen.

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