Although this little prayer began to arrive early one morning, I didn’t finish it until almost midnight on the same day. As I wrestled with it, I felt in my bones that it wasn’t going to work. However, I didn’t give up on the original inspiration, and eventually today’s blog emerged. I wonder why the simplest prayers are so often the very hardest to write?
I searched everywhere, determined to find wisdom and to understand the reason for things (Ecclesiastes 7:25; NLT).
You are my reason for living:
Lord, may I seek you each day.
You are my reason for loving:
Lord, may I worship, and pray.
You are my reason for giving:
Lord, may I serve you in all.
You are my reason for dying:
Lord, I’ll rejoice when you call.
Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! (John 12:26-7; NLT).
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).
The Rosary Hospital
Today I had a second try at making a simple prayer circlet, but this time I used nine beads in each section, whilst marking the beginning and end of each group with small crosses.
There are no static beads in this circlet, apart from at the join. It’s much slacker than a normal rosary. This should make it easier to pray with whilst walking, or carrying out simple tasks. Only one hand is needed to hold the circlet and move the beads along. I’m right-handed, so I can easily pray with it in my left hand. Having just finished my circlet this evening, I’m really looking forward to trying it out tomorrow.
Here are two shots of today’s circlet. The first is atmospheric, taken in my bedroom late at night, while the second shows more detail: