9.August.2015, #308

Father, give to us, and to all your people, in times of anxiety, serenity; in times of hardship, courage; in times of uncertainty, patience; and, at all times, a quiet trust in your wisdom and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
— New Every Morning (btw idk what this is)
Lord Christ,
help us to have the courage and humility to name our burdens
and lay them down
so that we are light to walk across the water
to where you beckon us

Our pride,
armoring us,
hardening us,
making us defend our dignity by belittling others
We name it
and we lay it down.

The memory of hurts and insults,
driving us to lash out,
to strike back
We name it
and we lay it down.

Our antagonism against those
whose actions, differences, presence,
threaten our comfort or security
We name it
and we lay it down.

Our fear,
of unsolved questions,
of the unknown,
of fear itself,
We name it
and we lay it down.

We do not need these burdens,
but we have grown used to carrying them,
have forgotten what it is like to be light.

Beckon us to lightness of being,
for you show us it is not unbearable.
Only so can we close the distance
Only so can we walk upon the water.

It is so.
Blessed are you, Lord Christ, who makes heavy burdens light.
— Kathy Galloway (Iona Community)
Jesus, you who are meek and humble of heart, hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being celebrated,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being honored,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being praised,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being consulted,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being approved,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being despised,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of suffering rebukes,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being smeared,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being suspected,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being wronged,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being forgotten,
Deliver me, Jesus.
— Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val (Secretary to Pope Pius X)

Here is the explanation of these things, btw I started a blog in order to work through not just NVC stuff but my other worship-leading obligations as well.

Posted on August 7, 2015 .