This prayer was given to me by one of the sisters I live with, Sister Susan Chase, after she returned from a trip to Scotland earlier this year. As I was tidying up my room recently, I found it again. I believe it is very fitting during this Advent season and the ending of a semester as well. This prayer reminds us of what is important in our lives and how gratitude needs a place in our day to day living. Sister Rejane Cytacki
You keep us waiting.
You the God of all time,
Want us to wait for the right time in which to discover who we are,
Where we must go,
Who will be with us, and what we must do.
So thank you . . . for the waiting time.
You keep us looking.
You, the God of all space,
Want us to look in the right and wrong places for signs of hope,
For people who are hopeless,
For visions of a better world that will appear
Among the disappointments of the world we know.
So thank you . . . for the looking time.
You keep us loving.
You, the God whose name is love,
Want us to be like you –
To love the loveless and the unlovely and the unlovable;
To love without jealousy or design or threat;
And most difficult of all, to love ourselves.
So thank you . . . for the loving time.
And in all this, you keep us,
Through hard questions with no easy answers;
Through failing where we hoped to succeed
And making an impact when we felt we were useless;
Through the patience and the dreams and the love of others;
And through Jesus Christ and his Spirit,
You keep us.
So thank you . . . for the keeping time,
And for now, and forever. Amen
Written by the Iona Community, Scotland