Monday, January 12, 2009
Image: George Mendoza
Good morning, good God!
What I’d like to offer you this Monday morning is -
the rest of January.
And when I say I’d like to “offer” it to you, Lord,
what I really mean is,
“You can take it back!”
But you know, that would only bring me to February -
and I’m pretty sure you can keep February, too!
So, what I’d really like, Lord,
is to skip from here to March:
to the thawing of things cold frozen,
to the promise of softening earth,
to the caress of a first warm day,
to trees greening and jonquils flowering…
So, I'd like to trade you the rest of January
and all of February - for March 1...
I know you’re not surprised, Lord.
You know how I always want to skip the hard times.
I’d rather skate around the rough patches.
I’d like to skirt the dark days, the gray days
and pretend they don’t come along -
but they do…
So what I think I really need to offer you this morning, Lord,
is a prayer, a desire
for a heart and a mind
willing to face, to take on the rest of January,
and February, too,
and to walk through the cold gray haze
seeking, finding, counting on
the warmth of your presence
and the help of others
to lead me , to get me to the spring time…
And not just for the next month and a half, Lord…
I need a heart to offer you all the hard times,
rough patches and gray days
and to offer you the fear and frustration I own
when those times come my way…
Offer me the wisdom, the strength, the will I need, Lord,
to make it from here to where I want to go,
to where I want to be,
to where you call me...
And let me not hesitate for a moment
when I see on my path
your light for my steps,
your hand to guide me
and your love to keep me safe…
Help me take it a day at a time, Lord,
and a week at a time, a season at a time…
And open my eyes and ears and heart
to those ready to help me along the way, Lord,
and to those who need the help
that I might offer them…
So, I’ll take the rest of January, Lord,
and February, too,
and pray you’ll accept the offering
of a heart in need of your strength,
longing to move on,
and yearning for spring…
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