A Prayer for Body and Spirit

A Prayer for Body and Spirit

Blessed Radiance compassionate and holy

We thank you for always

providing for our body and spirit

We thank you for always

Holding us in grace and unity

Give us courage, truth, and joy

Amen

Prayers are just words. But if the words have meaning, then the power of prayer is limitless.

Have you heard of this traditional children’s prayer? It goes like this:

God is great and God is good, 
And we thank him for our food; 
By his hand we must be fed, 
Give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen.

I sent my two children to an in-home day care. They came back reciting this. It didn’t bother me because it was fine. Yet, eventually fine was not good enough.

I wanted my children to have a short, easy prayer that was meaningful in a huge way. A prayer that connected with the spirituality and faith I’m trying to instill in them.

I created this prayer for them. And for you.

In the ancient text known as the Bible, there was a man named Jesus. Jesus was an expert at connecting with the divine. I tell my children that many people consider Jesus as the most compassionate person that ever walked the earth. He stood up to bullies, helped those in need, and took action against injustice.

I appreciate Jesus’s advice on how to pray.

Jesus structures prayer by first stating the awesomeness of the Spirit of Life, recognizing how they provide for our physical sustenance, how we should acknowledge our humbleness and imperfection, and finally request the strength we need to overcome the inherent challenges we experience living in this world.

I used this sort of model when creating this prayer. I call it:  A Prayer for Body and Spirit.

I like to create prayers based on Jesus’s model because he’s my favorite expert on prayer. Also, there is no best formula to form a prayer except the one that works best for you.

Now – Let’s unlock the power of this prayer by breaking down the meaning. Meditating on this prayer will help us connect to the sacred.

Blessed Radiance compassionate and holy

We thank you for always

providing for our body and spirit

We thank you for always

Holding us in grace and unity

Give us courage, truth, and joy

Amen

We believe in a mystery beyond our understanding. In a power that reaches beyond us. A mystery – a great creator that is compassionate and holy. Just as Jesus structures his prayer by first stating the awesomeness of the spirit of life – we do so too.

Jesus recognizes how we are provided for and that we should acknowledge our humbleness and imperfection. This is why here we give our thanks for the meeting of our needs which include physical sustenance, spiritual sustenance and community. Then we ask for the strength and fuel, we need to overcome the inherent challenges of this world – which in this prayer is strength and fuel is courage, truth, and joy. 

I’ve hand-written this prayerA Prayer for Body and Spirit on a notecard. It sets next to my chalice. I also keep another handwritten notecard with the prayer by my dinner table for my children to read aloud before meals.

Again, I like to create prayers based on Jesus’s model. Let’s explore creating our own sources of strength, and comfort. Have you created any prayer, meditation, blessing? Some of you may have created spells. Please share them with us and how your creation came to be. 

I would love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts in the comments or send in a video of your response.

Amen; the Blessed Radiance thrives in each of us.


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