One of our members sent this prayer to me, and I thought it was a wonderful prayer to share with all of you! It comes from an Episcopalian woman who serves as the Liturgist for her Diocese. True Confession: Sometimes, I don’t always do very well with change! Some change is difficult for me. And during these challenging times, it seems like we are all being asked to make a lot of changes to our daily routines. And, of course, we are being asked to make changes to how we do church.
I like the way this woman ended her prayer. She landed it in TRUST. I believe that is exactly what we need to pray for: Trust in God. And I believe that the Holy Spirit is in the business of filling us up with trust in God.
God’s blessings of peace, trust and grace shine upon you,
Prayer to accept change
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Lord,
things change again.
When will I be able to rest
in the comfort of knowing what comes next?
You, who transcend all time,
who created the stars and set them in place,
you, who are ageless yet known in every age,
grant me the grace to accept
the changes that are happening.
Empty my heart of anxiety,
and fill it instead with wonder and awe.
Release me from the chains of complacency,
and bind me to your ever-moving Spirit.
When the things I believed to be permanent and stable
are left by the wayside,
enfold me in your undying love
that I may remember in whom all things are bound.
When fear of something new paralyzes me,
and grief cripples me with anger
over the loss of what had been,
send your angels to give me a gentle push
over that frightening edge into the unknown,
so that I may learn to trust in you.
For you alone are eternal.
You alone are enduring.
You alone are the everlasting Lord.
And in you alone will this restless world find peace.
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