God has made everything beautiful for it's own time. God has planted eternity in the human heart. ~Eccl 3:11
At the "Savor the Moment" Women's Retreat I mentioned two weeks ago, we made prayer beads to go along with the prayer I wrote below.
Why beads? As our fingers touch each successive bead, the physical action helps keep our mind from wandering, and the rhythm of the prayers leads us more readily into stillness. They are a way to help us enter into meditative or contemplative prayer by using our mind, body and spirit.
A Prayer to Savor the Moment
O Holy God, Loving Jesus, Blessing Spirit
You have made everything for its own time.
Help me open the gift of this moment,
A present from your heart to mine.
Draw my soul to your presence,
Grace me with acceptance for what is,
Bend my will to be present in the present,
Release my urge to control,
Unclutter my mind, quiet my spirit.
You are all I need in this moment.
As I see your beauty in this time,
I feel your eternity in my heart.
Thank you to Brenda Blight and friends, who edited this prayer to a manageable length, and to Carol Ruppar for designing the prayer beads, and teaching us to make our own strand! Thank you also to Cher Stuewe-Portnoff, my new blog editor!