For All That I Am, Lord

Written at the Collegeville Institute as our prayer to describe where the spirit is moving in our communities with regards to their own vocation:

Thank you God for calling me into this place
For the courage to be who you have made me to be
For the gifts I have that have gotten me to answer this call
For the strength to go on when I feel I cannot
And for those around me in this place
Who gather me up when I cannot move for myself.

Rekindle my soul; restore my enthusiasm
So I do not find my self saying
Who the hell signed me up for this?

When I am cranky and squeal like a first grader
Remind me of my first call
And place the cry of the psalmist on my lips
So I remember to call out to you in my deepest fears and lamentations
When I think even the dogs get the scraps that fall from the table
but here I feeling empty and alone.
In those dark times
Rekindle my passion and renew me into the person
You want me to become.

Finally, come Holy Spirit
Make me listen to the stirrings of my heart
call me into being while I am doing
And doing in my being
So that I might serve the world with all that I am
And be aware of the gift I am
Because of who you have made me to be.

Amen

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  1. Prayers and Hymns of Calling and Vocation May 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

    [...] Earlier this May the Collegeville Institute Seminars hosted a meeting of 10 congregations from a variety of Christian denominations across the U.S. to learn from their experiences of focusing on vocation.  One of the participants, Mike Hayes, author, commentator, Campus Minister and Spiritual Director, recently shared a prayer he wrote while at the Collegeville Institute.  You can read his prayer here at Googling God. [...]

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