So many of our prayers are written for groups of people rather than for individuals. For example in the Lord’s Prayer is says, 'Give us this day our daily bread,' and, 'Forgive us our trespasses …'
Some years ago, a friend of mind called Sister Aileen left her convent and fellow sisters to spend some time living away from her community. Although she came to live in a village and saw and spoke to people every day, I found out later just how much she had struggled by being 'on her own' rather than as a member of a 'community'.
Sister Aileen adapted a morning prayer that she felt comfortable saying by herself, and found herself comforted by saying it, and I would like to share this with you today:
Lord, open my lips
That today I may speak your praise.
May all I say and do
Be in your name and to your glory.
Lord, open my mind
That I may choose your way
And be open
To new ideas and new possibilities.
Lord, open my heart
That I may live
Your love and compassion
For all people.
In Jesus name, Amen