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Thursday, 1 January 2009

for the coming year

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all who love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

(attributed to St Patrick)

I find myself frustratingly wordless, so I use the above to express some of my hope for this coming year. I am all too aware of my wants and my wantings - that which I lack in strength and character. I am all too aware of my weakness and my apathy - all that I could choose to be, and yet do not. I am all too aware of the emptiness of my hands - so little to give, compared with what I have been given. I am all too aware of the weariness that threatens to consume me - and eats at my hope like a hungry predator.

So I make my offering with limp, empty hands - such as I am, I attempt to give you. Where I hold back, forgive me, and teach me how to let go.


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5 comments:

Nicole O'Dell said...

That was completely beautiful. And, I think your words were perfect.

angeljoy said...

Yes, weariness can eat at your hope like a hungry predator.
(If this post was done while you were feeling wordless, I'd love to see what you are like when you are feeling wordy!)
Love and hugs to you...

Tricia said...

May God grant you the strength to do all that He has set in your heart to accomplish this year, and may you feel His presence and unconditional love each day. ((Hugs)) to you. :-)

Mindy said...

That is a beautiful post! I wish for all those things for you as well!

I am a materialistic kind of person. This is something that I am really struggling with right now. Something that I see in my two boys. It's my wish that I can teach them to enjoy the beauty in the world around them without feeling like they need to want or have something all the time. It's something that I will be praying about!!

Lynnette Kraft said...

What beautiful words. I "amen" every one of them.

I just prayed for you - that God would bless you in 2009 with peace, joy, and strength.

It's so very nice to meet you. I was very touched by your humble heart.
Love,
Lynnette

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