A Prayer for Strength

When things always seem their darkest, when we need an extra boost to get through the next great test, when our patience is pulled to the thinnest, most silken thread, there is always prayer. As short or as long as you want it to be, even a single word can be prayer. You can find prayer in singing just one musical note.

Remember that if you pray through music that Bach told us: To sing once is to pray twice.

Keep the faith!


(Dear God,)
Give me courage
to face the problems that confront me today;
thank you for your sustaining strength.
 – Amen

 

“The angel of the LORD is round about them that fear him, and he delivers them.”
– Psalm 34:7

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Plainsong

 

Te lucis ante terminum

 

(Latin)
Te lucis ante terminum,
rerum Creator, poscimus,
ut solita clementia,
sis praesul ad custodiam.

Procul recedant somnia,
et noctium phantasmata:
hostemque nostrum comprime,
ne polluantur corpora.

Praesta, Pater omnipotens,
per Iesum Christum Dominum,
qui tecum in perpetuum
regnat cum Sancto Spiritu.

Amen.

 (English)
To thee before the close of day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That, with thy wonted favour, thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Withhold from us our ghostly foe,
That spot of sin we may not know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.

Amen

 

 

 

Interruptions

People sometimes ask me – what is God? – where is God? – how can you have gone though so much shit and still believe in a loving and merciful God? And, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” (that’s the big one.)

The first answer isn’t easy to understand without a bit of study and contemplation because the answer to that one is simply

“God is.”

Where is God and how could God lead me into awful times, and why doesn’t God listen to your prayers? That’s a much more simple answer, and much easier to understand in the first read:

God is more in my interruptions
than in my plans.

Keep the faith!
 – Amen