This past Monday, Debbie and I were in Ocala serving with North Central District Committee on Ordained Ministry. This is the group that initially interviews those persons seeking to become pastors in the United Methodist Church within the Florida Conference.
As part of our time, one of the board members offered a devotional and closed with a prayer from St. Patrick, the Irish Prayer. I was so moved by this prayer and the words it contained that I wanted to share it with all of you. So, I invite you to find a quiet and comfortable place and allow these words to wash over you.
As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.
I encourage you to read this again and notice the thoughts that go through your mind as you experience it. I found this to be an incredibly powerful and simple prayer; Christ in all things and Christ at all times. What a wonderful way to start the day, what a meaningful way to navigate a day, what a poignant reminder of the place Christ should have in our lives!
I know this time of year gets hectic, I know this time of year holds varied emotions for us all. As you continue your Advent journey, as you continue to exist in the waiting of this season, I invite you to remember Christ. In all ways and at all times and in all ways…Christ.
Blessings to you all,