A few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me a hard copy of a much-loved prayer which had been shared with him by another friend -he couldn’t remember who. So I don’t know who deserves the credit, but I think it’s worth passing on. It would appear to be based on Psalm 46:10a, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Find a quiet place and a quiet moment to lift up this prayer. I trust you’ll be blessed by it as I have been.
A Prayer for Stillness
God of stillness and of quiet...
Still my anxiety, my heartaches, my worries, and stop me from so often being outside the present moment. Give me the grace to know that you have called me by name in love, that my name is written in heaven, that I am free to live without anxiety.
Still my unrelenting need to be busy all the time, to occupy and entertain myself, to be always planning for tomorrow, to fill every minute with some activity, to seek distraction rather than quiet. Grant me the grace to accept what circumstances and failures, my own and those of others, have dealt me. Teach me that you are greater than any circumstance, any failure.
Still in me the fear that I’m unloved, that I’m unlovable, that love needs to be earned, that I need to be more worthy. Give me the grace to know that I’m a beloved child of yours, and that your love is freely given.
Still my heart, Lord, so that I may know that you are God.
Amen and Amen.