by the encouragement of lilly i have been participating in the daily office by reading 'the divine hours' by phyllis tickle. the church i grew up in stayed as far away from 'organized religion' and 'prayers of repetion' as possible (even the lord's prayer was vain repetition... (UGH).
this has been a joy for me. to know that i am joining with others, across the globe, throughout the day in praying prayers to our god. this week's appointed prayer (5 times a day for 7 days) has ingrained itself into my soul. almost to the point that i will be saddened by having to pray a new appointed prayer tomorrow.
i thought i would post it here:
O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration I may think of those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
i love that phrase 'think of those things that are right' - so many times in my life i'm trying 'not to think of those things that are wrong' - and this is just another step in replacing the lies with the truth for me. praying in the positive, instead of the negative. powerful stuff.