This is a prayer shared by Father Pat Fitzpatrick C.S.Sp in his homily on 30 October 2018 at Daily TV Mass.
Before anyone can move forward from injustice, injury, failure, loss, rejection; acceptance is needed.
Finding it difficult to accept things? Reflect and pray this.
I see, Lord, in my tight hands the representation of my self.
I held on to myself, my cares, my possessions, my pride.
I shut you out, lest, you will change me.
And I shut other people, lest, they know me and maybe hurt me.
With closed fist I could strike – out against those who threaten me.
But, I see in the tight knuckles and tensed forearms what is this doing to me.
I’m opt tight, tense, lonely and I’m probably destroying myself.
And so I slowly open my hands and release myself to You, Lord.
Take me as I am, my guilt, my burdens, my cares, my emptiness and maybe my loneliness.
With open hands and out-stretched arms, my arms no longer hurt.
My knuckles are no longer tight.
Thank you, Lord, for release, for peace, for freedom.
With open hands, I no longer shut You out or strike – out against others.
Open hands are for helping. Fill them with Your love, O God.
Show them what to do, how to give, how to serve.
And now, I’m aware of the hurts and needs of others.
I placed them in these hands.
I gather them into my hands.
And I lift them to You, for Your sustaining grace and healing touch.
No longer alone, I reached out to grasp the hands of brothers or sisters.
I thank You Lord for him and for her.
Shape us together sister, brother, everyone.
Shape us together into the body of Christ.
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