Lord, sometimes I have a hard time
finding something to pray about,
yet the reasons to give You thanks are not lacking.
Aren't there young people whose life's wish is found in these words:
"God, I wish I could see!" or "Lord, I wish I could hear!"
Yet, Lord, I who see, hear, speak with such ease,
often forget to thank You for these gifts
which I take for granted.
Today, I thank You for my eyes which see light, colors,
and the faces of those who love me.
I thank You for my hearing
which allows me to enjoy people's voice and music.
I thank You for my voice
which allows me to express my thoughts and innermost feelings.
I thank You also for the sense of smell,
and the sense of touch.
Lord, You have given me the senses.
I now offer them back to You.
Help me to use my senses sensibly,
to see your beauty in the beauty of human faces and bodies,
of flowers and rainbows, of nature
to use my eyes to read what will
enrich my mind, ennoble my soul;
to use my ears to listen to your Word
and to what philosophers and scientists have to say
about the mysteries of man, of the universe, of creation,
so that I may better understand myself,
others, and You, the Creator of all things
seen and unseen, known and unknowable;
about the past and the present,
so that I may better understand myself, others, and You;
to use my voice to proclaim the truth
and to spread the joy around me.
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill,
and a time to heal;
a time to break down,
and a time to build ... continue reading
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