Prayer anticipating a full day

Holy One,

there is something I wanted to tell you

but there have been errands to run,

bills to pay,

arrangements to make,

friends to entertain,

washing to do . . .

and I forget what it is I wanted to say to you,

and mostly I forget what I’m about,

or why.

O God,

don’t forget me, please,

for the sake of Jesus Christ. . . .

O Father in Heaven,

perhaps you’ve already heard what I wanted to tell you.

What I wanted to ask is

forgive me,

heal me,

increase my courage, please.

Renew in me a little of love and faith,

and a sense of confidence,

and a vision of what it might mean

to live as though you were real,

and I mattered,

and everyone was sister and brother.

What I wanted to ask in my blundering way is

don’t give up on me,

don’t become too sad about me,

but laugh with me,

and try again with me,

and I will try with you, too.

~ Ted Loder, Guerrillas of Grace, quoted in Ruth Haley Barton’s Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership