September 9 Prayer
We are beloved of God
We have all the graces we need to live as Christ
These graces are clothes freely given to us,
outer garments to wear,
to cover our own nakedness and vulnerability.
Clothing to put on;
‘Forgive as we have been forgiven.
Show mercy as we have been shown mercy,
Kindness, tenderness, compassion,
to listen with humility and patience,
trying to understand one another.
These garments are to be put on,
not hidden in our closets of feeling good inside,
rationalizes our isolation,
withdrawing from facing another brother.
These garments are to put on, to practice
saying I’m sorry
for not understanding,
sorry for reducing you into others with a label.
Beloved of God
It starts where you are naked and in need of mercy.
It starts with knowing you are not in charge of changing others .
Receive the clothing of mercy, forgiveness and grace.
Be compassionate upon yourself to give yourself away.
For peace will eventually rule over all
And love will bind us all together in harmony
When we are clothed with His garments.
With your arms reached high
For a new day has begun for you to get up.
With gratitude in your heart
begin again to put on these garments of grace.
It’s another day to practice,
keep at it,
for there will be plenty of opportunities in every moment of this day.
I surrender to all that you have for me today,
by your grace I will give myself away.
I will start here with gratitude that I have all that I need.
I will let your dress me
and feel your garments brushing up on my own flesh, my own willfulness.
I will practice
to walk the walk of humility and grace,
and let your peace rule over my heart,
and do everything in the name of love.
‘By your mercy we pray’
Col.3:12-17, Luke 6:27-38