A Morning Prayer

"Creative Commons Praying hands" by wsilver is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Creative Commons Praying hands” by wsilver is licensed under CC BY 2.0

[A morning prayer after reflecting on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s morning prayer, “I Cannot Stand Alone”]

O God, who calls from the depths,
    early in the morning,
    I call out to you.

I deeply desire that my day
    is focused on listening
        
for your insistent call
    and the living your Presence
        
in response to that call.

I need help;
    come to my assistance!
I want to find light
    where there is darkness!

Left to my own devices
    
I feel alone
    I lack the courage of my convictions
    I don’t stay focused
    at times I am even bitter

Come to my assistance!

Your way is to invite
                        
call
                        insist
                        nudge
                        cajole.
What I don’t understand
    is why you then leave it all
        up to me, to us.

While I/we continue to fall short
    
your insistence continues
        to INSIST!

Come to my/our assistance!

I need to continuously be reminded
    that I have everything I need
        in order to respond faithfully
        to your persistent, insistent call.

Whatever this day brings, Lord,

    may I prove ready for the tasks
and even more
    may all praise be
    in the name of God.
Perhaps.

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