It takes a lot of courage to pray this prayer and I’m sure I won’t pray it, and mean it, every day. As this new post-sabbatical season gets underway, however, I do hope that I will pray it and mean it more though. I yearn that my True Self will be my motivator and that there will be less of my False Self/ego calling the shots. I acknowledge the working of The Divine in my life and in the world, but I also acknowledge that sometimes **** happens and I ask that I’ll be prevented from coming out with trite and insensitive comments as a reaction to that.
Someone asked me how I was feeling last week and I replied, ‘Well…the holidays are over and term has started, but I’m not sure which class I’m in!’ I still feel the same, but two days in Folkestone with a great friend has helped me to feel ok about that. We’ve seriously chilled out, had a curry and a drop of wine, gone for a walk, prayed, watched a few episodes of ‘Suits’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ (though I fell asleep several times during it! He has this way of just challenging me to the core whilst at the same time conferring such honour and dignity. It’s a beautiful thing. I pray for more of that gift in my own life.
I guess my overriding sense at the moment (as we chug along on the Circle Line) is that we are not meant to live this life alone, we need community and those around us who will love us and keep us sharp, protect us and champion us.
Anyway…here’s the prayer:
The Welcome Prayer
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval, and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person, or myself. I open to the love and presence of God and God’s action within.
Rohr, Richard. Just This: Prompts And Practices For Contemplation (Kindle Locations 1034-1044). SPCK. Kindle Edition.