Prayer for Wednesday

The Shinto New Years celebration of Gatan-sai, also called Shogatsu, the Tewa Turtle Dance celebrations and the Zoroastrian holiday of Ghambar Maidyarem continue today.

With spirit we are all children of the cosmos;
Without it we are orphaned and adrift.
~ Deepak Chopra

Dear God,

I have been told I am a sinner and unworthy because I am human.
For, as a human being, I make mistakes.

I cannot dispute that I make mistakes, God.
It seems, sometimes, like my entire life is trial and error.
The worst part is, sometimes, I make a mistake over again
Because I did not learn from it the first time.

It is easy to judge myself and withhold love when I look at my life.
After all, God, am I smart enough?
Successful enough?
Loving enough?
Rich enough?
Thin enough?
Can I ever be?

More importantly
Have I given anything to the world that it really needed?
Or have I concentrated on what I saw as my shortcomings
Instead of concentrating on my talents?

I know how to criticize myself, Lord.
I have been very good at it.
But I am realizing it keeps me feeling small.
And that keeps me from contributing the beauty in my soul.
So teach me how to accept and love myself as I am.

For, although I am grown, it is my nature
—my human nature—
to keep trying things, as a child tries.
As a child falls, I have fallen.
That does not make me bad in Your eyes.
It makes me brave.

For I am resilient, and I never give up trying new things.
Which is how You created me. You created me as a seeker.
You gave me courage to fall and stand up again.
You gave me curiosity
That wants to know and see and experience.

So, like a child, sometimes I get in trouble.
Or, sometimes, what I do winds up not feeling so good.

Guide me, Lord, so that I explore and savor life in safety.
Help me know I am worthy
—infinitely worthy—
Of Your protection and love.

Just as my infant child is worthy of my love when she falls,
So am I worthy of my own love as I explore life.

Fill me with love for myself.
Transform me with new appreciation.
May these words resonate throughout my body, mind and spirit.
Align me with my highest good as I say them.

I am worthy of tender care.
I am worthy of a life I love.
I am worthy of loving friends and family.
I am worthy of wonderful work.
I am worthy of peaceful thoughts.
I am worthy of a peaceful world.
I am worthy of a healthy body.
I deserve happiness.
I deserve Your guidance and protection.

I am entirely worthy.
And the miracle is, when I accept all this good as my Divine Right
Then I serve You better.
I serve You at the highest level.
I serve You in joy, in gratitude and in freedom.
I serve You with no agenda other than loving You and All That Is.

So I accept my worthiness now and I am made anew.
I live in Your heart, bathed in Your love for me.
Because, since You cherish me, I can do no less.

Thank You, Divine Friend, Companion, Creator.
You bless my life with such meaning.
My life is my prayer to You.

And so it is.
Amen

(Source: Prayerforce.org)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I believe in myself.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

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