Although I'm as prone as the next
guy to have a conversation with God, I never did care much for the canned
prayers the grammar school nuns encouraged. With the exception of the Lord's
Prayer, they seemed full of platitudes for people I never met and
affirmations of religious ritual.
So it was that I challenged myself
to write a prayer that I could get behind, something meaningful to me
personally. We writers should broaden our horizons from short stories to poems,
plays, books, etc. So why don't you touch deep inside and express yourself to
whichever God you wish? It just might be worth the effort.
Here is my attempt:
Prayer of Not Quite Saint
Great Spirit, may I achieve
greatness, but as you define it. Let me be a channel of your love to every
creature I touch. Help me enrich the lives of the poor in spirit with my only
reward that I be a true instrument in your hand.
You define goodness and provide
meaning to our fleeting lives. Without you, I am but a temporary cog in a
I thank you for the wonders,
epiphanies, enchantment, miracles, and love showered on my every
Born as your child, may I bring
you delight growing into the man you know I can be. Keep my pursuit of riches
focused on the good it can produce instead of a hunger for power and
consumption. May your grace inspire and guide me to understand my mission, and
give me the courage and wisdom to fulfill it.
There is always a way out
The town of Cumberland falls asleep
Lights over the Potomac
Dolls of the Allegany Museum
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