Seagrove Beach, FL. Photo by Fran McColman.

Seagrove Beach, FL. Photo by Fran McColman.

O God of Uncreated Light, we come before you now to offer you our selves. We can only do this through your grace.
Grant us the grace of mindfulness. Help us to be calm, so that we may rest in your silence and peace.
Grant us the grace of willingness. Transform our will into yours, with delight and joy.
Grant us the grace of heartfulness. Unite us with you in the mystery of love, that we may love our neighbors as ourselves.
All this we ask with glad confidence and hope in you, O God, by the power of the Holy Spirit through the humanity of your blessed son Jesus Christ. Amen.

I wrote a version of this prayer a few years ago. I’ve adapted it for use in the Winter Feast for the Soul series of podcasts I’m doing in support of a daily Christian meditation/contemplative prayer practice. I thought I’d post it here in case anyone might want to print it out or share it with others. Obviously, I have written this prayer specifically within the context of the Christian tradition, although of course it is my hope that it could be a blessing to people of any or all faith traditions.

If you are praying it in solitude, perhaps you would like to use this version instead (although it’s certainly appropriate to pray in the plural voice, even when alone!):

O God of Uncreated Light, I come before you now to offer you my self. I can only do this through your grace.
Grant me the grace of mindfulness. Help me to be calm, so that I may rest in your silence and peace.
Grant me the grace of willingness. Transform my will into yours, with delight and joy.
Grant me the grace of heartfulness. Unite me with you in the mystery of love, that I may love my neighbor as myself.
All this I ask with glad confidence and hope in you, O God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the humanity of your blessed son Jesus Christ. Amen.