Lenten Prayer Ya’ll

Ignore the semi-evangelical headline, dig the awesome quotes.

Ignore the semi-evangelical headline, dig the awesome quotes.

I know so many people going through major changes these days, by which I mean life altering.  I’m not immune from the Transition Rash that is sweeping my family and friends, so I thought I would pass along a prayer that I keep handy for all those that might relate.  I love this prayer because it really describes anxiety in a way that psychobabble can’t and doesn’t oversimplify anticipation in the overused “God has a plan” sort of way.  In all of my work, I constantly feel that sense of “incomplete” despite whatever hurdles are cleared or finish lines crossed.  Yet this prayer reminds me that this energy comes from a good place and one that should be nurtured instead of fought and patiently guided rather than disciplined into submission.

Whether its those of you toiling with new business ventures, phasing out unhealthy behaviors, bravely facing single life, marriage or parenthood, anxiously waiting for responses or hoping that something very specific in your life moves into place, this prayers for you.  May it be a reflective and happy Lenten gift from your Catholic buddy Dot.

Above all, trust the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally,
impatient in everything to reach the end
without delay.
We should like to skip
the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on
the way to something unknown,
something new,
and yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stage of instability –
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually –
let them grow,
let them shape themselves,
without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today
what time (that is to say, grace and
circumstances acting
on your own good will)
will make them tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of
feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

~ Teilhard de Chardin

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    • Maggie
    • March 4th, 2009

    One of my favorite quotes is: What God leads me to, God leads me through. I have it written on my closet door (which is glass so dry erase markers ar convenient 😉

    Thanks for the reminder!

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