Responding to the Hunger for God in Our Time
Another day ends, and I take time to savour its goodness; I take time to honour its challenges; I take time to bless those who have shared any part of this day with me.
For a moment I try to still my tired body and also my tired mind.
(I allow myself to sense the truth of how I am feeling at the end of this day.)
I take inspiration from the words of Cardinal John Henry Newman
Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, pride ruled my will: remember not past years!
So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still will lead me on.
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till the night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!
Where did I experience 'light' in my life today?
Did I hear of anyone who brightened the world for others today?
Who were the people I may have brought a little light to, through my words, my actions, my attitudes?
To you, O Lord, I look for shelter
let me not be disappointed.
In your goodness,
release me from anything that binds me,
hear the prayers I make
and give me the peace of your spirit.
Be the sure foundation of my life,
the unshakeable truth that never fails.
Be the wisdom that guides me
on the pathway of love
and the grace that leads me
in humility and truth.
Do not let me become complacent or unaware
of my selfishness or wrong-doing
Let me trust in your provident love for me
and never hide your face from me.
Glory be to the God who creates
Glory be to the God who redeems
Glory be to the Spirit who santctifies
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without ent. Amen.
As I call time at the end of another day,
I acknowledge the moments of love and goodness I experienced.
I honour the situations that were a blessing to me.
I am grateful for those who cared for and inspired me.
I trust my rest-time into the hands of God and I ask:
'May the God of all protect me this night.
May I experience the peace of restful sleep.
May rise in the morning to make fresh beginnings
And so may it be for my family and friends.
I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.'
Gentle Prayer to End the Day
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