Prayers for the Journey
when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things" (St. Ignatius of Loyola). Let us rest in you alone. When our lives are overwhelmed by darkness, remind us of you. You are our perfect strength and eace. "I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, But with you there is light; I am lonely, but you do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help; I m restless, but with you there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with you here is patience; I do not understand your ways, But you know the way for me…Restore me to liberty, And enable me to live now. That I may answer before you and before me. Lord, whatever this day may bring, Your name be praised" (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). You know the way for me, Lord. I know I can’t do this life on my own – I am full of fear and darkness. But you are light and life. Let me seek you and rest in you.
"I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.
Christ shield me today
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation."