Have you ever wondered about the attributes of God / Holy Other / Creator / Higher Power? I know I have.
Many years ago, I adapted a little prayer to fit the theme of a silent retreat I was leading and at the encouragement of many, share it here.
An aside: Changing the “you” to “me” (except for the words in bold as they would be said in response to the leader who says the other lines), this prayer can be used as a personal time of prayer.
ONE: May the God of WONDER be with you
… delighting you with thunder and eagle’s swoops, sunrises, daisies, songs and baby’s laughter, enchanting my senses, filling you heart and giving you wide-open eyes.
MAY GOD’S WONDER BE WITH ME.
May the God of COMPASSION be with you
…holding you close when you are weary and hurt and alone and when rain is in your heart. May you be the tender hand and gentle eyes of compassion for another when she or he reaches out to you in need.
MAY GOD’S COMPASSION BE WITH ME.
May the God of MERCY be with you
… forgiving, beckoning, encouraging you to say “Now, I will get up again.” May your readiness to forgive those who have caused you pain, calm the fears, and deepen the trust of those who have hurt you.
MAY GOD’S MERCY BE WITH ME.
May the God of GENTLENESS be with you
… caressing you with sunlight, rain and summer winds.
May God’s tenderness shine through you to all who are hurt and lonely. MAY GOD’S GENTLENESS BE WITH ME.
May the God of SIMPLICITY be with you
… opening you to a clear vision of what is real and true, leading you deeply into the mystery of childhood.
May your dealings with others be marked by the honesty which is simplicity.
MAY GOD’S SIMPLICITY BE WITH ME.
May the God of PATIENCE be with you
… waiting for you with outstretched arms, letting you “find out for yourself.”
MAY GOD’S PATIENCE BE WITH ME.
May the God of PEACE be with you
… stilling the heart that hammers with fear or doubt or confusion.
May the warm mantle of your peace, cover those who are troubled or anxious.
MAY GOD’S PEACE BE WITH ME.
May the God of LOVE be with you
… listening to you, giving God’s Self to you, drawing you close as you tremble.
May God’s love in you, light fires of faith and hope in the heart of others. May God’s love glow in your eyes and meet God’s love glowing in the eyes of your family and friends.
MAY GOD’S LOVE BE WITH ME.
May the God of TENDERNESS be with you
… enfolding you with the desire to bring warmth to those who are dis-eased in body, mind or spirit.
MAY GOD’S TENDERNESS BE WITH ME.
May the God of STRENGTH be with you, always,
… holding you close, on eagle’s wings.
May you be the sacrament of God’s strength to those whose hands you hold, whose embrace you share and whose confidence is entrusted in your listening ears and heart.
MAY GOD’S STRENGTH BE WITH ME.
May the God of JOY be with you
… thrilling you with God’s nearness, filling your heart to fullness and filling your soul with an awe that is profound and wonder-ful (filled with wonder). MAY GOD’S JOY BE WITH ME.