Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

A Traveller’s Prayer
Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me.
Christ be in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left.
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise.
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. Exodus 27:20-21

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

How will I know, God?
God, I try to do what I think you want me to do, but am I doing it right?
How will I know?
Are you pleased with me, God? When you look at me, do you feel proud?
How will I know?
I want to believe that you’re on the journey with me-
even when I mess things up, but how will I know?
I wish I could see you, God. Maybe I do – but I just don’t know it’s you.
How will I know?
I’d like some answers soon, God. But I have to trust that you will show me what I need to know even if it isn’t everything that I would want to know.
Exodus 33:12-23

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Helpful Hail
God of all creation,
you made everything
from the depths of the earth to the farthest star.
Wind and water, sun and sky,
you made everything.
Help me to remember
when I see a beautiful sunset or a powerful storm,
when nature amazes me,
that you made everything. Joshua 10:11-14

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A Second Chance
God of new life
be my place of refuge,
when I have done wrong,
I will come to you.
You will be my safe place in this world
until I can set things right again. Joshua, Ch.20

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Turning Your Back on God
God, help me never to turn my back on you,
because you never turn your back on me.
Remind me when I forget you,
that I am yours and you are mine.
Help me commit to putting you first,
by praying,
by doing something for someone in need,
by being an active member of my community. Judges 2:10-13

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Guilty Conscience
O God, Sometimes I coast along in life, and everything seems to be going great.
At other times, I know something is wrong. I don’t feel right inside.
Help me to pay attention to my conscience.
If I am feeling guilty, help me to be honest with myself and with you.
Help me to ask forgiveness, if I’ve done something wrong.
Help me to do the right thing, and when I fail, help me to learn from my failure and make up my mind to do better.
You are with me through it all. Don’t let me forget that!
Amen. 2 Samuel 24:10

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If only
Dear God, things have not turned out like I hoped.
Sometimes I find myself wishing things had gone differently.
When I am tempted to say “If only …”
Open my eyes to all the blessings around me.
Let me make the most of what you have given me.
Help me to know when to work at changing things,
and when to accept things as they are and make the best of them.
I need your help God, please. Amen 2 Samuel 18:33

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Friends to count on
God of love, give me friends I can count on
when I have something difficult to face
or if I just need a shoulder to cry on.
Help me in turn to be a good friend
and offer comfort to the people who count on me. Judges 11:34-40

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A whisper
Dear God,
I want to hear your voice,
I want it to be loud and dramatic, something I can’t miss!
But that’s not the way you usually speak to us.
Help me to be patient and listen for you
in the quiet of my heart.
Help me to make time and space
where I can hear the gently whisper of your voice. 1 Kings 19

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Pour out your heart
Dear God,
I don’t know what to do.
The situation seems hopeless.
I don’t want to give up, but I don’t see a way out.
I know we cannot solve this problem by ourselves.
We can only do it with your help.
Be with us, Lord.
Guide us, protect us, and give us courage.
I know we can only get through this with you. 2 Kings 19:14-19