Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Prayer of Abandonment

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures -- I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

This prayer resonates deeply within me because for quite some time now I have been struggling trying to capture with words the prayer that is within me. Last week my spiritual director prayed this prayer "the Prayer of Abandonment" over me and then suggested that I let this prayer become the prayer of my heart. It is always such a tremendous gift of grace when I find an ancient prayer that captures the "wordless prayers" that are within my soul and, indeed, are longing to be birthed, spoken and lived out. I remain grateful to my spiritual director for her wisdom and direction.
The addition I make to the Prayer of Abandonment is, "May it be so, Father!"

Grace & Peace, my dear friends!