Lord, why do I keep relating to you as one of my relationships, instead of my ONLY relationship, in which all the other ones are grounded?
Why do I keep looking for popularity, respect from others, success, acclaim and sensual pleasures? Why Lord, is it so hard for me to make you the ONLY one? Why do I keep hesitating to surrender myself totally to you?
Help me, O Lord, to let my old self die the thousand big and small ways in which I am still building up my false self and trying to cling to my false desires.
Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words and thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you.
I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self and a new life in and for you. I know and I trust that this is the road to freedom, Lord.
Dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend. Amen.
This prayer of Fr. Henri Nouwen speaks so very well to the journey you and I have been on. I invite you to pray it often during these weeks of Lent.
DON’T THINK OF THE THINGS YOU DIDN’T GET AFTER PRAYING. THINK OF THE COUNTLESS BLESSINGS GOD GAVE YOU WITHOUT ASKING!