Those of you who have been reading www.terrilabonte.com for a while know that I have reinvented my religious life in the past few years. I won’t go into the whole story again, but, for those of you who want a refresher, you can review: http://www.terrilabonte.com/2017/01/a-crisis-of-church/ and http://www.terrilabonte.com/2018/01/grace-on-robinson-street/
I could say that my change in denominations started a revamping of my spiritual development, but I am sure there was more to it than that. In retirement, I have had the time and energy to look at many of aspects of my life. Also, traveling the end-of-life journey with my mother caused me to start examining how I could live my most satisfying, congruent life. I’ve always been introspective about most things. My spirituality has certainly been no exception. In the past few years, I think I’ve been maturing that spirituality. I’ve thought and prayed about how to deepen my faith and how to express it. I don’t know if I would say that I am now walking a different path exactly, but I am walking the path differently.
One aspect of walking differently has been the matter of Bible study, spiritual reading, and prayer. In fact, a little over a year ago, I mentioned in my Alpha small group that I was interested in trying to improve my prayer life as a Lenten observance. I wanted to be a better pray-er. One of the other members of my discussion group kindly decided to help me in that endeavor by recommending me to be the chaplain for our parish ladies’ organization. Practice makes perfect, I guess.
Something I read said that prayer boils down to only four words to God. These four words are please, thanks, sorry, and wow. In other words, effective prayer petitions the Lord, thanks the Lord for all His blessings, asks forgiveness of God for our sins and weaknesses, and praises God simply for being God. I find this idea comforting. It helps, when I think of the enormity of God and the puniness of my little soul, to have a bit of a framework to know where to begin with prayer.
At any rate, I have been working on increasing the depth and breadth of my prayer. It has been a rich, satisfying experience. When I pray for people, I believe it helps them. I know it helps me.
I’ve decided that it is time that I shared some of that payer with you. I pray for you all frequently, grateful for the blessings that you have brought to my life. Let’s pray together this week.
Please bless the readers of my blog. Help me to create content that will entertain and provoke introspection. Help my readers to know that You are in control and have a plan for each of us. Help me to write truth and to touch people’s lives. Help me encourage others as I have been encouraged by Your love and the love of Your people. Please provide us all with peace, hope, love, and joy. Please protect my readers as they journey through life. Guard their bodies, soothe their souls, and soar their spirits. May they know Your never-ending, all powerful love. May they find happiness, health, and satisfaction in their lives… every day, in every way.
Thank you for the immensity of Your blessings on us. Thank you for the light and for the dark of life. Thank you for the richness and wisdom You provide. Thank you for the joy only You can bring to our hearts. Thank you for the path You have provided for me in my life and for the wonderful opportunity to write this blog. Thank you for the wonderful people who read what I post. Thank you for the encouraging support I receive from all my blog buddies and for the thoughtful comments readers provide.
I’m sorry for the times when I have been weak or scared and failed to use opportunities to spread Your love. With Your help, I will strive to constantly get closer to You and lift people to Your light.
God, You are the King of the Universe. You are in control of everything that happens. My job is simply to try to discern where you want me to go and follow You there. I trust in Your power to guide me as I work my way through this life. I know You bless even my weakest, poorest effort so that it contributes to the good of Your people and the glory of Your name. I am humbled by Your majesty and the fact that You love me as if there were only one of me.
I pray in Jesus’ name….
God bless you all! If anyone feels inclined to pray for me, I would be grateful. If anyone has any specific prayer requests that they would like to share, perhaps we can multiply the power of prayer. Please share your perspective by leaving a comment. In the alternative, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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