“Today, I believe.”

I’ve been holding on to this prayer I came across in a book called Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community:

Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor, today I believe.

Lord, You have always given strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak, today I believe.

Lord, you have always given peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart, today I believe.

Lord, You have always marked the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden, today I believe.

Lord, you have always lightened this darkness of mine;
and though the night is here, today I believe.

Lord, you have always spoken when time was ripe;
and though you be silent now, today I believe.

In times of difficulty, these statements of faith remind me to stand resolutely on what I know to be true.  The simple structure is also easy to customize, as I did this morning:

Lord, you give me everything I need for life and godliness;
and though I feel insufficient, today I believe.

Lord, you hold Abby in the palm of your hand;
and though I am afraid she will not survive in the church nursery without me, today I believe.

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