Prayer. It's a powerful word that packs inside it, meanings and definitions that are as unique as the individual using the word. As a born and bred Roman Catholic, I have a history with prayer that goes back to my infancy. People in my life were praying for me before I even began to create my meaning of the word.
Growing up and as a young woman, I never had a rich prayer life. When my first marriage ended in divorce and then an annulment, I severed my relationship with the Catholic church. As I explored alternative paths, I found that although I believed in a higher power, a force greater than myself, it was difficult for me to believe in a God that would send his only son to be sacrificed and die for the sins of millions of his "other" children. But, that's a whole different post.
Today I wanted to share about my relationship with prayer. It began with a strong, intuitive understanding of the prayer of Meister Eckhart who said, "If the only prayer you ever said was thank you, that would suffice." When times are tough, and like you, I have experienced many of those times, I force myself to concentrate on all that I do have. I recognize and appreciate all in my life that I have and say thank you for all that I am and for each and every person, experience, and thing that I have.
Through the years, I have developed personal prayers; words that have a unique and special meaning for me. I have found that putting these short prayers on my daily schedule to repeat at specific times provides a gentle reminder to make time to sit in silence, if only for a few moments to take a deep breath, to center myself and to connect with all that is greater than I am.
I'd like to share one with you. This is my Make a Difference prayer that repeats daily at 9:30 AM.
"I am not here by accident. Grace has sent me to be in this place at exactly this time. There is a purpose here even though I may not understand it. I am here in this moment for a purpose. I can do all things and have within myself all the powers that I need to succeed. I have the energy, the passion and the right message to make a huge impact - for now and for always. What I have to share is vitally important. It matters to the people that I will come into contact with today. By grace I am prepared. I am strong. I am energetic. I am outstanding. My heart is wide open. I will connect. I will make a difference."