Sunday, December 24, 2017

Dear God, is one morning more or less important in your sight than another? Surely you love all your children, all the days, in equal measure. Just as with all those ways you saved me in the past, you will do in equal measure today.

Lord, my sweet, dear Lord, visit me personally today. Be with me all throughout the day, my constant companion. My shortcoming is that I see you so infrequently, though I know you to be there. Faced with some challenge, my first thought is to solve it – not to have faith that it will be solved.

Lord, let me have the presence of mind to place faith prior to everything else that unfolds around me. Let me make room for it. Let me make room for you.

Watch over this son of yours, gently guide me when I fail.

(Letter #1089)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dear God, let me quietly, secretly spread peace today. Let everything I may do be unannounced — let me take quiet satisfaction in crafting works that will leave delight in the hearts of others — let me ease others’ pathways — with no attribution or notice.

Spare me, O Lord, from seeking credit. Spare me from my own craven ego. Let me place others’ fame and well-being ahead of my own desires.

(Letter #1088)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dear God, overshadow me. Insert your will into my thoughts, take me by the nose and point me onto the proper path. I am so obstinate and willful: bridle me.

Lord, grant me willingness to be ruled, gratitude for your directions. Grant me meekness, let me be compliant.

Give me the wherewithal to halt my galloping forward and instead be attentive to your leading.

(Letter #1087)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dear God, let me be a doer of your will today. Let me not rest idly and just wish to be a better person. Let me act. Let me expend effort. Let me, after all, work.

Let my work for you, on behalf of you, be prayer.

Thy will be done.

(Letter #1086)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dear God, let me avoid notice today. I wish for fame, notoriety, to be seen to be a good person. This is selfish temptation. Let me be an anonymous worker, doing your will today. Let me quietly perform your tasks, O Lord, skirting the spotlight and instead shining it on others.

All that approval I feel I deserve: let me abandon it. Let me seek no reward for piety, but the satisfaction of performing quiet duty. Let me seek and do your will, with integrity of purpose.

(Letter #1085)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dear God, there is a pile of undone tasks heaped all around me. They can easily overwhelm me, both in their current state but also once I begin action. I can easily devote all my time, energy, and attention to the doing of things. Where, then, resides my relationship with you?

Lord, let me place my relationship with you before all things, even those that feel urgent. Let them slip into the background. Live, O Lord, at the forefront of my attention. Let me place you centrally in all my thoughts and actions.

I panic as I begin to think of all there is to do. It paralyzes me. Lord, slow my thoughts, moderate my emotions. Let my heart beat become measured, ease my grip, unclench my jaw.

Here is a pile of tasks. Let me calmly choose one, and do it as an act of gratitude to you. Let me do things slowly, with purpose. Stay in my mind. Let me seek and do your will only.

(Letter #1084)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Dear God, I so readily accept bounty as a gift. Make me willing to accept trial and difficulty equally as a gift from you. A hard road makes me strong. Calamity makes me more compassionate to others who suffer.

Lord, let me view everything that comes my way with equal delight. Let me not judge your gifts, but instead seek the best use I can make of each one. Thy will be done.

(Letter #1083)