Monday, November 15, 2010
Image: George Mendoza
Good morning, good God!
My path crosses the paths of so many, Lord:
parishioners, family and neighbors,
strangers, passersby and colleagues,
newcomers and old friends,
at work, at home, at school,
at play, in prayer,
in sickness and health,
in wealth, in wont,
in good times and bad,
in joy and sadness...
I offer you all my moments of meeting
and the hearts and hopes
of those whose steps come close to mine...
I offer you the tears of loss I see
upon cheeks damp with grief...
I offer you the smiles of faith
on parents bringing their children to the font...
I offer you small steps forward
taken by those afraid to move ahead...
I pray for the healing of anger I find
in those who have been hurt, left out and let down...
I offer you new resolve bold in the hearts
of those picking themselves up, dusting themselves off,
placing their hand in yours...
I offer you the gratitude of those who work hard
to learn, to grow, to become the persons you made them to be...
I offer you the Spirit's touch in my heart
and pray for the grace I need to be faithful to it...
I offer you those whose hearts are bound in love
to hearts far away or in harm's way...
I offer you the moments of grace I see and seize
and the moments I miss and mess up...
I thank you the many ways you show me your face,
take me by the hand, walk by my side,
use my gifts, listen to my prayers,
lift me up, settle me down,
calm my fears, strengthen my will,
and hold me in the palm of your hand...
Now I offer you this day, Lord,
and the new week before me:
help me find you in the faces of all I meet,
of all whose paths cross mine...
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