Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

Dear God, let me live a grateful life today. Let me accept all that entails. Let me shoulder my duty of giving. Let me give. Let me provide support and love to others. Let me not take. Let me overcome my nature. Let me draw near to you today.

You have refashioned me. Let me live thankfully in this new self.

(Letter #1058)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dear God, thinking about attending to all the small trials throughout the day I will face brings with it anxiety and sullen resentment. Imagining my chores, errands, and challenges vexes me.

Lord, you call me to be a being of love, to bring charity to my life. Cure my attitude, that I may be loving. Take away al these gnawing emotions. I look high and low for problems to which to affix my attention. Let me spend the same mental energy seeking joys to notice.

Lord, let gratitude and love fill me, that my small, self-centered impulses become expelled, erased.

Let me be more loving, more giving, more grateful, more charitable today.

Thy will be done.

(Letter #1057)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dear God, as I try to fulfill all my obligations today, walk with me and guide me.

Those tasks that cause me fear: correct my attitude. Those that I plan for my own selfish ends: correct my intent. Those about which I am sullen and reluctant: correct my emotions.

Let me have greater humility and joy today. Let these be my offerings to you.

(Letter #1056)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dear God, let me not think of myself today. Let me not pursue my own aims, trying persistently to arrange things for my own benefit. Let me, instead, seek your will. Let me act contrary to my own desires, helping others, giving even to my own detriment. You grant me strength. Let me use it to a good end, not selfishly to advance my own cause.

Lord, let me listen for your calling. Let me be willing to hear your guidance. Let me be willing to act as you would have me do, whatever the supposed cost.

Let me erase myself, that I might build others. Surely this is the path you would have me tread. Let me walk it with purpose.

(Letter #1055)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dear God, stay with me today. Walk right here beside me. I need you next to me, guiding me, taking me by the nose from station to station.

Point my gaze toward what you would have me see. Let this crowd out all my other thoughts. Let me consider nothing but what you set right before my nose.

Guide me, let me willingly and obediently follow.

(Letter #1054)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dear God, let me try. Let me put in a full measure of effort. So often, I profess to desire nearness to you, or the peace of right action and right relations. Yet I do nothing to bring those things about. I idly hope you might visit me and fill me with your presence. I sit apart from the world and my fellows, thinking neutrality to be the same thing as peace.

Lord, let me act. Let me take affirmative steps to embody your will today. Let me engage with my fellows even when I would remain aloof. Let me be industrious in fulfilling my obligations.

Let me be a being in the world today, your being.

(Letter #1053)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Dear God, let me not seek applause today. Let me shun recognition. Let me help in secret, quietly spreading good will and positive development.

If the spotlight shines my way, let me turn it elsewhere, to shine on some other soul. Let me diminish my self-importance, my self-regard.

Let me feel guided today. I am fearful for the future and what may occur. Let me trust your pathways.

(Letter #1052)