Centering and calming God,
Sometimes my mind is
both everywhere and nowhere at all.
I’m filled with such a mess of tasks,
reminders, and to-do alerts,
all pinging against the walls of my head.
I ask for your peace-giving guidance
to place these thoughts
where they ought to be today.
Every tiny thing in my life
looms seemingly large,
while the assignments,
relationships and worries
Help me put aside what can wait,
letting what needs my attention
receive the action it deserves.
Help me sort this out.
Slow down my breathing,
reminding me when
I’ve been a ball of anxiety before
and you’ve untangled
my life, my worries…..
Give me space to remember these things
zipping within are not my life,
but small slices of it –
I’ll take them on as I’m able,
one at a time (with you by my side).
With your holy breath, clear my mind….
With your purifying Spirit, cleanse my soul….
With your gentle presence, calm my heart…..
Help me, God, in the confusion or the jumble
to focus on what really, really matters.
Thank you for the ways you
center me and bring me back to life –
to the real, the important, the true.
May I go about the rest of this day
focused on you and grounded in your peace –
peace deeper than my understanding.
“Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace –
in peace because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
By: Arianne Braitwaite Lehn
From: Ash & Starlight, Prayers for the Chaos & Grace of Daily Life
Please pray this prayer whenever you need to this Lent.