Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A Prayer of Self Dedication

Prayer of Self Dedication

It seems appropriate from time to time, to stop and remember that in the hubbub of life, opinion, politics, the struggle/battle for survival; there is this very simple human impulse to pray.

It is seldom we see a prayer of Self Dedication. Goggle that and see how far it gets you. Most prayer is request, petition, intercession and a wholesale shopping list of what we want God to do for us.

What then of this, what of what we offer to God by way of resolve and dedication.

As we begin this new year, let us dedicate ourselves once again in our service to God and all God's people. (Originally I composed this prayer on St. Francis Day of 2011).

A Prayer of Self Dedication
by Paul Bresnahan
New Year's Day 2017

Now in the quiet of the day, I beckon to my soul and listen.
There is only silence
It is a silence I love to return to.
Because I am not alone there.
In that silence I come to my heart of hearts.

The silence becomes a Presence.
And comes to life in a way that invites me to love.
The Presence wants to love me.
I resist that.
But the silent Presence insists.

I look again into the mirror of my soul and see the mystery
It wells up within me to gratitude.
I search for a name for the mystery.
And then I remember "God".

I discover that God is here within my heart.
And God’s heart beats within me and among us.
There is a love that speaks to me.
And extends its Heart toward me and fills me.

I find myself aware and awake.
To the joy of life and sorrow of suffering; the ugliness of hateful violence.
The noble beauty of creative art,
The sin that destroys the self and seeks to destroy others.

God’s heart moves in mine and dispels the fear.
Hear the Word of God and listen
God requires justice, love, mercy and compassion
And Jesus reaches out his arms to the farthest ends of every human heart.

And here I dedicate myself to Jesus.
In the poor and the homeless, the hungry and those who suffer.
The heart of Jesus moves in me, and the love of God
Knows no bounds.

1 comment:

Robin said...