Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dear God, let me love all those around me today.

Let me walk erect, carefully and calmly placing my feet on the path you set for me. Let me be kindly in all interactions, looking everyone in the eye and recognizing their dignity. When angry, let me pause and breathe rather than speak. Let me actively look for opportunities to help others around me, in ways large and small.

Lord, let me come to the end of this day with the satisfaction of having tried my best to do as you would have me do. Let me comport myself such that, when I look back on this day, I can say that I was my higher self.

Thy will be done.

(Letter #967)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dear God, I looked toward this day, and wonder what will befall me. What difficulties will I face? What trials will come my way? I anticipate these things with worry.

Lord, let me instead approach the day filled with the wonder of a child. Let me be eager. What do I get to do today?

You have bestowed upon me gift after gift. Why should today be different? You will not abandon your child. Let me walk through this day secure in your love and favor.

Let me act with gratitude for all these gifts that fill my days.

(Letter #966)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dear God, let me be useful and responsible today. Let me walk with purpose. Let me fulfill my obligations. When something arises that needs attention, let me address it and not look away.

Let my every act be dedicated to you, that I may devote the care and attention to my movements that reflects their divine gravity. Every moment is delivered by you; let me appreciate even the most trivial of events.

My every task is at your direction and so none deserves anything less than my entire devotion. Let me be fully mindful, moment to moment to moment. Let me intently pursue your will today.

(Letter #965)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Dear God, whisper in my ear. Speak to me quietly, softly. The day is filled with clamor and noise, yet I hear your low voice, intimately on my shoulder. Let me listen for it. Let me be attentive to your still, small voice.

The day so often ends with nothing for me to show for it, but a list of trivia. Let me choose mindfully my actions today, that at day’s end I might set them down on a list of which I may say, “Here are the fruits of an intentional life.”

Let my every act today, and every period of rest, be directed by you. Let me act with intention. Let me not float through the day, like a leaf in the river. Let me move with purpose, with your purpose, under instructions whispered secretly in my ear.

Let me hear and act, O Lord.

(Letter #964)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dear God, I feel you lifting me up. I am buoyed by your love. I spend so much time and energy reflecting on my shortcomings. And yet you love me as your child. Let me cast aside my self-recrimination, my self-administered punishment, my catalog of defects. Let me hold my head up and glide through this world, secure in the knowledge of your love for me.

I honestly seek improvement. Faith and experience tell me this is sufficient, if I but act on this desire. I act as if I am that improved person whom you would have me be, and my inner life becomes a reflection of that.

Let your light enter me, O Lord. Let me feel your light. Let me feel the weight of regret and remorse fall off of me, as if they were heavy burdens, easily dropped.

Let me shed my encumbrances, let me stand before you, empty-handed. I am your child, walking among brothers and sisters. What could I need to carry when your love is all around?

Lord, let me walk lightly through this day unspotted, enwrapped in your glowing love. Let me seek and do your will.

(Letter #963)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dear God, let me fill this day with positive action. I too often surrender to idleness and complaint. Or worse, worry and conflict. These are all self-indulgent, selfish ways of being.

You have made me, O Lord, you have made this world, you have delivered this day. Am I to squander it all?

Acting selfishly, sitting idly, thinking darkly: this delivers me unto the evening with regret, shame, and remorse.

Guide my thoughts, dear God. Bring me a motive force, impel me to act rightly. Let me be a light today. Let the day close with the knowledge that your will has been done.

Grant me, Lord, the satisfaction that is due an obedient child. Grant me willingness and power to do your bidding today. Let me not pursue my own designs, but yours.

(Letter #962)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dear God, I say I seek you, but what does this mean? What actions do I take that make it so?

If I am honest, I do little more than wish for you, O Lord. I hope your presence might be felt. But there is little I can point to that constitutes seeking.

Lord, let me be more active in my search for you. Let me stop more frequently to listen for guidance. Let me take action contrary to my instincts more often. Let me submit to spiritual discipline in greater measure.

These are the ways I seek you. Not through passive daydreaming, but through practical action.

I am on an expedition, an explorer for you. Let me not rest idle, hoping the goal might wander over my way. Let me journey towards you. I know all you ask is that I take but one honest step in your direction and you will be there to carry my burden.

Let me step your way.

(Letter #961)