April 19, 2004

Prayer for Beginning to Walk

Our Father, God the Creator,
you have created me, the sun, and the stars,
you have filled my spirit with restlessness
and you have sown the earth with roads.
You created clear water to quench thirst,
you filled the fields with wheat to satisfy our hunger
But you left an emptiness in my heart,
a mark of your Spirit
that keeps me from my daily routine
that asks me to push aside my security
that carries me off to look for a greater fullness.

Like the life that emerges from a seed,
with the strength of a current of water,
with the eagerness of a child at his first steps,
today I come out of “my earth” to start this road.
From the pure and simple confidence of knowing
that it is you who puts man on the road,
who watches over my steps and offers me protection,
today I am also called Abraham
and I need to hear your voice, know your will,
set out in search of you, oh God!

Lead me not into the temptation
of looking back, of remembering comforts
of demanding preferences, of placing conditions,
or of yielding at the first sign of tiredness.

Give me the strength to arrive every day,
enough light to never get lost,
to never get lost
perseverance to overcome difficulties,
fellowship to share hopes
and to celebrate the joys of each day.

Oh God, fill all my days
with your bread and your Word.

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