Saturday, November 05, 2011

High Anxiety

Remember that prayer that was on all those posters in the 70s: "Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen today that you and I together can't handle"?

I've been letting anxiety get the better of me a little (a lot?) more than usual recently. And really, this has got to stop. When I was talking about this with a good friend, she mentioned that, lately, she has been making an effort to pray when anxiety starts to overcome her. She asks God to help her hand over the situation, to guide her words and actions.

Good advice.

But I don't want to pray that prayer from the 70s posters. To be honest, I find that prayer a little arrogant. 

As Father Cavanagh says in the movie Rudy, "I have come up with only two hard incontrovertible facts: there is a God, and I'm not him."

Better to pray that God will guide me through a situation. I prefer this prayer, attributed to Father Mychal Judge, OFM, who perished in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center:
Lord, take me where you want me to go;
Let me meet who you want me to meet;
Tell me what you want me to say, and
Keep me out of your way.

There's only one thing I may need to add to that: "Keep my foot out of my mouth."

Amen.

7 comments:

Daria Sockey said...

There's something akin to keeping one's foot out of one's mouth in the psalms. "Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!"

Ellen said...

I love your add on - that's the one that slips me up sometimes.

Sarah Oldham said...

I love this post - I'm a very anxious person myself - I really need this shot in the spiritual arm!

Sr. Ann Marie said...

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Jeanne Grunert said...

I'm partial to a combination of 12 step prayer and St. Francis de Sales - a potent combination - "Thy will be done, Lord not mine" or "Any good that comes today, let it be done for your glory; any ill, let is help me grown in holiness" - that last one is paraphrased from my buddy, patron saint of writers, the elegant St Frances de Sales. Good luck and prayers for you! Let peace be with you, Barb

Lisa, sfo said...

I love Fr. Judge's prayer because it's so similar to the one I've prayed for years: "Lord, make me who you want me to be, and keep me outta the way while you're at it." :-P

(My other one is, "Lord, keep me from being a dumba$$." I pray that'un constantly!)

Alvaro said...

This "anxiety" posting, completely useful..