Thank you for your presence within me. It’s such a comfort, Lord, to know that whatever I have faced this week and whatever I will face in the coming days, I do so with your Spirit inside me.
I am not alone.
You have renewed me – the core of who I am breathes your empowering grace and my tongue tastes the sweetness of authentic peace. You promise, Jesus, that you’ve given me a spirit not of fear, but of “power, love, and self-discipline.”
I want to claim that promise today; that courage; that radical trust.
With your spirit within me, Lord, I remember that I am your hands and feet on this earth. I think of St. Teresa…Christ has no body but ours, no hands, no feet on earth, but ours…My eyes are the eyes with which you look in compassion on this world. Mine are the feet with which you walk to do good. Mine are the hands with which you bless this world.
This aching, hurting world.
I have nothing to offer but my brokenness, but you know well how to soothe through broken hands yourself. Hands that bleed and hold and love.
I pray your strength and presence, your love and hope, to fortify my body and soul for the day ahead. Please open my eyes to see what you want me to do, and then give me the courage to do what I see.
In your strength I pray, Lord Christ. Amen.
Scripture reference –
2 Timothy 1:7