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A Prayer For Worriers

Dear Readers,

I don’t know about you but Mimi has a tendency to indulge in needless worry from time to time.  Much of this worry pertains to circumstances that might or might not occur. I find this prayer to be very calming and comforting in the midst of my fretting.  The prayer came from a Redemptorist Mission booklet published in 1988.  Permit me to share it with you.

Prayer For The Present Moment

Dear God, I spend so much time

Reliving yesterday or anticipating tomorrow

That I lose sight of the only time that is really mine –

The present moment.

You give me today one moment at a time.

That’s all I have – all I ever will have.

Give me faith which knows that each moment

Contains exactly what is best for me.

Give me hope which trusts you enough

To forgot past failings and future trials.

Give me the love which makes each moment

An anticipation of eternity with you.

We ask this in the name of Jesus

Who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

O God, grant me

Serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.  Amen.

Keep smilin’!

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Laundry Room Meditations #3

Dear Readers,

Here’s another laundry room meditation for your perusal.  Friends are so important to all of us and are deserving of our prayers for them.

Friendship

Dear God,

With this prayer, I call to mind my friends,

I ask for your blessing on them.

May angels fill their nights and bless their days.

May they find joy and peace and harmony.

May I be a source of happiness in their lives.

May our bond be strong and based on truth.

May they always know that in me, they have support.

May I live a life that lives up to this prayer.

Thank you, God.  Amen.

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

On February 9, 2010 I posted a blog about inspirational clippings that are taped on the inside cabinet door over my washer in the laundry room.  The following is a prayer taped to that same door.  I think it’s worth sharing with you.

Our Home

May this house be a sacred

Dwelling for those who live here.

May those who visit feel the peace

We have received from You.

May darkness not enter.

May the  light of God shield

This house from harm.

May the angels bring their

Peace here and use our

Home as a haven of light.

May all grow strong in this place of healing, our sanctuary

From the loudness of the world.

May it be used by You forever.

Amen.

Keep smilin’!

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Laundry Room Meditations

Dear Readers,

Over the years whenever I read something inspiring or thought-provoking, I would cut it out of the newspaper or magazine and save it.  I wanted to have easy access to my favorite clippings, so I scotch-taped them to the inside cabinet door over my washer in the laundry room.  This was a great posting place because I certainly spent much of my time in this room.  On many occasions these words brought a lot of comfort to me.  I’d like to share them with you today.

This is a quote from St. Francis de Sales:  “Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring.  The same loving God Who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.  God will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”

The author of the following poem is unknown.

If I Knew

Hold your loved ones close today,

Whisper in their ear,

Tell them that you love them

And you’ll always hold them dear,

For tomorrow is promised no one,

Young and old alike,

And today may be your last chance

To hold your loved ones tight.

And the last quote is my favorite – the author is unknown.

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given:  a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

My granddaughter does not understand the concept of God and religion.  But she does understand the necessity of saying “thank you” when someone has given her a gift or has done something for her.  It is within this context of thankfulness that she was introduced to prayer, and the importance of thanking God.

When her parents discussed prayers for Emily to say, I immediately tried to find prayers for the very young in various books.  The search was unsuccessful as most of the prayers were too advanced for a 2 year old.   So Mimi did the next best thing by composing a simple little prayer for her.  I made a book for her containing the prayer and pasted in various pictures to accompany it.  She really enjoyed reading the prayer book.  And since it is 2 days before Thanksgiving, I’d like to share it with you.  Maybe it can be your Thanksgiving prayer too!

Emily’s Prayer

Thank you Lord for birds and bees, for pretty flowers and big tall trees.

Thank you Lord for the moon and sun, for eyes that see and legs that run.

Thank you Lord for the food I eat; for watermelon and even a beet!

Thank you Lord for family and friends and rainbow days that never end.

Amen.

I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and remember to always

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

On Sunday, April 19, 1953 I made my First Holy Communion.  I was part of a class of 32 second graders from St. Therese School.  Sister M. Joachim, OSU, had taught us very well.  We knew all the required responses and prayers.  We were ready for the big day.

It was a very cold day for April.  Snow had fallen the day before but melted immediately.  Our Communion Mass was at 7 AM, quite early for my immediate family and the few close relatives who attended it.  (Later in the day, there would be a big party at home for more relatives, complete with a beautifully decorated cake!)

Thirty-two of  us marched down the aisle – the girls with fancy white dresses and white veils and the boys wearing navy blue suits with white shirts and ties.  We all carried brand new prayerbooks and rosaries.  We were nervous and somewhat hungry because of the fasting from midnight.  At that time, church law declared that no one could receive Communion without fasting from midnight – only water was allowed.

Halfway through the Mass we received Communion and we were so proud to receive Jesus into our hearts.  In our innocence, we prayed that we would never sin again.  Then we sang the hymn “Oh Lord I Am Not Worthy”.

Every April I think back to that day and that incredible feeling of innocence.  I did sin – again and again.  But each time God forgives me and enters my heart through Communion.  I realize now that April 19, 1953 was the beginning of a long spiritual journey that I still travel.  And for that reason it is a “most memorable day”!

Keep smilin’!

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Pray for Barack Obama

Dear Readers,

Tomorrow is the inauguration of Barack Obama.  It is a momentous event in our country’s history.  As we watch this event unfold, let’s all keep the president in our prayers.  Pray for his wisdom and strength and for the safety of him and his family.  Pray also that he will be able to be the healer that our country is in such desperate need of.  And finally, pray that all of us will have the courage to make the sacrifices necessary to keep American strong and free!

On a much lighter note, I can’t wait to see what Michelle Obama wears to the inauguration ceremony and to the balls!!!

Keep smilin’!

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