Each Sunday I write a prayer as an insert in our bulletin. I write them relative to one of the scriptures for the week. I felt guided to share some of them here. This is last week's prayer.
Lord, you tell me two simple actions that are our bottom-line. I seek guidance on how to fulfill them more fully.
I do love God, but I know I can love more. Show me how to love God more completely & open my life without reserve to God.
I do not always love all of my neighbors. Cleanse my heart so that I may truly love each & every neighbor as You ask me to do. I ask that You also cleanse my heart about myself. You tell me to love my neighbor as myself, so clearly a key is to love myself. Help me forgive myself for those things that linger as hurt & pain & self-attack. Lead me to embrace what I am &what I am not. Help me have a generous heart towards myself & toward all others & be at peace.
I know that compassion is one of the signs of a spiritually mature person. I ask that You open a deeper, fuller compassion in my heart. Just as You love me, accept me, encourage me, & guide me without judgment, help me to accept & do the same for myself & others.
I humbly surrender all that is unloving, judgmental or unlike the call to love that Jesus has given us. I walk onto a higher path as I become willing to be the love You call me to be.
Thank You, God, for hearing my prayer. Thank You for Your action in my life, leading me more fully to You & the life You ask me to live. I ask this in the name of Christ and seal it with the ancient seal of faith as I say Amen. Amen & Amen