A prayer to the God who quiets us in His love:
“I have composed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child rests upon his mother.” (Psalm 131) LORD, I come to You for rest, and refreshment. “Do not grow weary…” Your Word says, but I feel it sometimes. Free me from the desire to run to any other source of refreshment but You. As I go about my quotidian tasks, fill me with Your strength, wisdom, goodness and faithfulness. O that I would fulfill my calling with You and for You. When my soul is not quiet–but loudly shouts “run away! Be selfish! You deserve more…!”–help me, with Your Spirit of Truth and Comfort. Let me lean against You still. Hold me close with Your everlasting arms.
“Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You…I have no good besides You…in Your presence is fullness of joy.” (Psalm 16) I give You my confusion, my weariness, my impatience, my idols, my striving. I want nothing else to replace the joy You give. I want to share that joy with my family, my community, my church. It is You that calls us to our various vocations, and You who gives our lives meaning and purpose, granting joy in the midst of our work. May we not seek glory from one another, but from You alone. You are rich in mercy, and full of compassion; O that we would intimately know Your love that surpasses all earthly knowledge, and overcomes all our fears, all our worries, all our foes. O that we would abide in Your love, and rest in Your peace.