In our sermon yesterday, we began our examination of prayer: why we pray and some thoughts on how to pray. So, this morning, let's begin our day with a prayer (written by Ted Loder in Guerillas of Grace):
Guide me, Holy One,
into an unclenched moment,
a deep breath,
a letting go of heavy expectations,
of shriveling anxieties,
of dead certainties,
that, softened by the silence,
surrounded by the light.
and open to the mystery,
I may be found by wholeness,
upheld by the unfathomable,
entranced by the simple,
and filled with the joy that is you.
+What does it mean to be glided into an "unclenched" moment? When I think of that word, I think of an opened hand or a letting go of tension. Perhaps the words invite us to open up our hearts and minds and just let God in to do whatever God will do. What do you think?
+When you pray to let go of expectations, anxieties, and certainties, what does that mean to you? For each of us, our expectations for life, for ourselves, for others, and even for God differs. The same is true with our anxieties and the certainties we think exist. How might your life change if, even for just a short time when in prayer, you could forget all of that, set it all aside, and just be with God in that moment?
My prayer is that you find some time with week to just BE with God and that in that time you are filled with the joy that God wants for you.