Prayer for a new day

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Help me to be a beginning to others, to be a singer to the songless, a storyteller to the aimless, a befriender of the friendless; to become a beginning of hope for the despairing, of assurance for the doubting, of reconciliation for the divided; to become a beginning of freedom for the oppressed, of comfort for the sorrowing, of friendship for the forgotten; to become a beginning of beauty for the forlorn, of sweetness for the soured, of gentleness for the angry, of wholeness for the broken, of peace for the frightened and violent of the earth.
Help me to believe in beginnings, to make a beginning, to be a beginning, so that I may not just grow old, but grow new each day of this wild, amazing life you call me to live with the passion of Jesus Christ.
from Ted Loder’s book, Guerillas of Grace.

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One thought on “Prayer for a new day

  1. He is praying to God, not Jesus. Many do so, praying THROUGH Jesus. When I was young my prayers were always to God, the Almighty who was was knowable, nearer to me than hands and feet. I would never pray for favours, but for strength to do His will, the guidance to help others.

    Other people were praying for rain in times of drought. Not me. Praying to pass exams. Ditto. Praying for a parking space not blocks away from where one wanted to shop in a hurry. Ditto. Were these things to concern the Almighty?

    I have changed. God is too unknowable. But Someone is everything to me that I had felt God to be, a Person, wise, loving, guiding. Yes, this could well be Jesus – I am told he came as a form of God that could be knowable – fully human and fully divine. This Someone cares as much about the little things in my life as the big ones.

    Now I understood people praying to Saints, and to Angels, a thing that was once just superstition to me. I was led to read about the power of thought. I know the mind can create things, some not as easily as by physical means, but I know that focusing on bad things increases them, and focusing on good increases it.

    “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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