Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 2/5

Saint Paul was right, Lord,
when he asked:
    Why do I so easily do
        the things that I don't want to do
    and yet so often fail to do
        the very things I want?

I'm thinking of the good things, Lord,
resting in my heart and mind:
    prayer I mean to offer,
    help I want to give,
    faults I should confess,
    habits I must change... 

It's my "To Do" list, Lord:
    work I've left undone,
    loose ends left untied,
    promises not kept,
    peace that's mine to make...
And yet, instead of these, Lord,
I do the things that bring me only grief
and not the happiness I thought I'd find
by going my own way...

I pray then for grace, Lord:
    to come to prayer,
    to lend a helping hand,
    to name my faults and failings
    and to change what I must change... 
Help me leave behind
    the things that drain my spirit
and give me strength, Lord, to do the things
    that fill me with your peace...





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