Monday, July 5, 2010

"A Beautiful Prayer" comes my way

While strolling through an art gallery in Joseph, Oregon this weekend, I picked up a copy of "A Beautiful Prayer," which appears below. Copies of the prayer were stacked in a pile next to the gallery guest book. I was drawn to its words for the simplicity of their message and the depth with which the prayer tapped into the human human condition. No attribution was attached to the prayer but a quick online search produced the author, a young woman named Joanne Gobure, who lives on a small island in Micronesia. I'm sure many have already discovered the power of this prayer, but it was new to me. I'm sharing it with you.

I asked God to take away my habit.
      God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
      God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary

I asked God to grant me patience.
     God said, No.
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
     God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
     God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares
and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
    God said, No.
You must grow on your own! ,
but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
    God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
    God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.
 -- by Joanne Gobure.

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