Save Us From Ourselves

It was as I read “The Prayers of Peter Marshall” that I was moved to write this prayer.

Almighty God, help us as we become our own worst enemies. We want to love others. We reach out to the suffering. We pray for the sick and infirm. Yet, we are often at war within ourselves. We engage with others and are reminded that we are far, so far from being perfected in love.

We don’t want to look at ourselves, the things about us that we would seek to change. You call us to keep re-creating ourselves, to be more loving and understanding. We want to say the right thing, to be people with open and caring hearts, but we spend so much time fighting You, so much of our energy justifying our actions. Help us to admit when we are wrong. When we say something biting and unkind, let us admit it, be honest about it.

Develop in us a new heart filled with a love that risks, a love that gives seeking nothing in return. Let us be a people of Your heart and Your spirit.

We cannot change our communities and our world until we change ourselves. We need to have spiritual surgery on any darkness that lies within us — an unkind word, a thought of vengeance, an inner corosion of the spirit which seeks to destroy us, if we do not hold on to the firm anchor of Christ’s love and His strength.

Give us a contrite heart. Cleanse us within. Oh, God, we need You so much. The hurt of abuse stings and is crippling us, robbing us of the joy we yearn for. Heal our wounded past. Let us cast every care, every need, every scar on the Christ who gave His life for our sins.

The Lord calls out to the hopeless and those on the road to the death of hope. He can take your burdens away. The Christ who loved all people whether they believed in Him or not calls out to You. Will you take His hand? Will you stop trying to think Him out of your life? Will you let the Christ who bore the weight of the world upon Him in?

Don’t fight Him. Don’t struggle. Don’t worship the god of reason, for it will give you no comfort. It will not hear your pain. It will not hear your sorrow. It can’t embrace you. It can’t forgive. There is no warmth in the god of reason.

Let love in. Let hope in. Let Christ in.

Amen

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About osborne2029

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. I m in an M.A.-Ph.D program with St. James the Elder Theological Seminary to train to become a psychotherapist and priest. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on September 23, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Peter Marshall? He was a person from a different faith from mine, yet he inspired me so much. He had an amazing soul and an amazing love for God! Thanks for the great post!

    • Glad Peter Marshall’s faith is an inspiration to you. His life and the passion with which he spoke about his Commander-in-Chief, how he preached about the Christ with the carpenter’s hands rough and worn, yet that reached out to the suffering and those lost in the raging sea of their troubles, continues to inspire me.

      Here’s one of his moving prayers.

      The Cry of the Human Heart

      Lord Jesus,Thou knowest the things that are trembling upon our lips, stirring in our hearts and the corridors of our souls, walking tiptoe across the cloistered spaces of our consciousness, conforming to the distant pealing of an angelus, looking expectantly upward, making prayers without words. breathing aspirations that have only wings.

      Hear us, we pray Thee, as we call upon Thee for help, for peace, for grace, for reassurance, for companionship, for love, for pardon, for health, for salvation — for joy. Hear us, Lord Jesus. Amen.

      The Prayers of Peter Marshall, pg. #67 Compiled and edited by Catherine Marshall

      I really like your blog. This thought from it stood out for me personally.

      “Don’t disregard the enormous beauty of your life. It has meaning, purpose, and a special job that no one else can accomplish but you.”

      The words beauty, meaning, purpose and a special job is a call to all of us, to live up to the divine purpose for which we were put upon this earth to fulfill.

      By reading my piece “A Boy’s Calling to be a Missionary of the Heart” you will learn how even through times of great darkness i came to embrace love, hope and have a heart for others.
      https://marmarthunder.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/a-boys-calling-to-be-a-missionary-of-the-heart/

      Have a light-filled week ahead!

      Kevin

      • Thank you so much for taking the time for such a thought-filled comment. Catherine Marshall? I used to read so many of her writings. You have inspired me to look up both Peter and Catherine once again in my life! I hope you have a light-filled week as well! Good luck with your writing. I am sure it will inspire others!

  2. So glad that you “followed” my blog because it enabled me to find yours. What a blessing. 🙂

    • Thanks for the touching comment. I’m sure you are a blessing too.

      Please feel free to reblog any of my pieces. I pray that they will all reach wounded hearts, and help facilitate the healing of broken lives. I also write comedic pieces like “I didn’t Know a Christmas Tree Could Fly”, “No, really I’m not pregnant” and “The Consumer Attendant Breakfast Special.”

      Keep watching for more posts to come.

      The richest blessings of God to you!

      Kevin

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