Obstinate and unwilling, I pull at my chains. The pathway leads me, yet I stray and hack through the growth. Why am I so rebellious, when the easier way is plain?
Lord, let me be willing to be guided. I am so tired of fighting you, yet each day I arm for battle.
Instead, let me submit: thy will be done.
You are with me, whether I sense your presence or not.
When assailed and I feel vulnerable, you are with me. When lonely, you are with me. When ecstatic, you are with me.
Let me live this day as if I believe that you are here.
If I do not wish notoriety, let me also shun recognition. Grant me the gift of anonymous labor, Lord.
Thy will be done.
Let me think not of myself, but of helping my fellows.
I worry and yearn for peace in my heart; it is there for the asking merely by fixing my attention rightly. Let me not chase after banners but instead sweep the walkways, repair the roofs, comfort the sick.
Let me empty out my energy in the aid of others.
Peace, then, will come.
So large the mountain I face. So tired the legs on which I stand. So dull the sky.
Awaken me from this dream, Lord. Above the clouds the sun even now shines. Let me rest in you until the skies part.
I fear the day. It poisons the dawn. I tremble and my mind races.
Lord, take away these worries of ignominy and lack. Direct my thoughts to the abundance and approval that you offer. Let me do your will without second-guessing your guidance.
In the silence, I cower. Let me hear your voice. Let me follow it.
Do I fear rightly? Even my worries are misplaced.
I am afraid you will abandon me; I should instead fear that I will fall away from you.
God, let me place my relationship with you at the center of my thinking. Let me depend upon you wholly.
My garden, do I care for it in order that others may remark on its beauty, or to bring food to table?
Too long, I have walked with piety as a display for others. Burn away all false motives, Lord, even those that result in positive acts.
Crack open my heart today, lay me bare to reality. Let me align my will with yours, with no double-minded reluctance.
Thy will be done.
You never left me. I thought I was alone. I inhabit an illusion built of self-reliance.
Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see you and the scales fall away.
I imprison myself. You were here all along, my liberator and friend.
My neighbors harbor fear just as do I.
What is easy for me terrifies them; what panics me is a welcome challenge in their eyes.
Let me spread relief and ease among all I meet today. Let it come back to me.