This is a version of the prayer I try to find a moment to pray everyday as I start out in the morning. I have with fair regularity said it from almost the beginning of my first Camino. And though everyday on the walk I find myself wondering why it seems (so far) to only be a Camino thing .. there would be absolutely nothing wrong with it as an EVERYDAY FOR
LIFE practice/discipline – for me and or you!!!??!! Feel free to steal it and rewrite it as you may…
Lord bless my feet that they may always follow the path you lay out before them – be it the way to joy or work.. challenge or adventure.
Lord bless my legs that they might stride boldly into the future you would have me find and live into. And that they may continue to be the founding pillars for the temple of God that is my life.
Lord bless my inner parts that they be always ready to digest all that you give me to feed on this day and that I be nourished & sustained in every way needful.
Lord bless my arms that they be forever open to embrace with grace all that comes my way this day.. those in need of tenderness… those in need of compassion.. and those in need of companionship.
Lord bless my ears that I be able to listen for and hear every word you speak to me on the way.. words of challenge.. words of hope.. words that come in tears of sorrow and giggles of glee. Words that call me into the deepest engagement with life.
Lord bless my eyes that they be ready to take in all the beauty AND the ugly I will encounter today.. the mysteries and the truths I will be blessed to stumble across today. Help me to always ready to truly SEE the human experience in all its colours AND the kingdom moments.. the visions of hope and the reality of people in struggle.
Lord bless my nose that it too be ready for all that will take in. The scents of sweetness, savoury.. AND the putrid whiffs of life’s fecundity.
Lord bless my mouth that it be more closed than open… to enable me to always be ready to listen before I speak. And that when I do speak may it always be words of love, understanding, hope and grace for the world.
Lord bless my mind that it be able to stay curious and alert.. ready to dream dreams and see visions.. ready to discern and chew through all the signs and wonders you give me.. ready to be enlivened to be all you want me to be.
And lastly Lord bless my heart that it forever be a seat for your spirit to live in me and a fountain of grace for all who need an incarnation of you.