One of these days, I’m going to show y’all the art of the Odd Liturgy, the little book in which I’ve been inscribing these prayers. The prayer is as much the image as the words… But for now, the words will have to do.
A Prayer When Stuck
Break the Chains
of Selfishness, of Pride, of Fear
of Sin, of Death.
Draw me in with cords
For a Prayer Necklace
I carry these prayers
in my heart, by the Spirit, through Jesus
to my Father and King.
I bring them before You
and lay them down at Your feet.
Your Will Be Done.
Hiccups (A Cycle Prayer)
INTERRUPT my life
with Your love INTERRUPTING,
the unending love of
Turning from Distractions of Life
i am far too easily pleased
You offer me a holiday at the sea
but i am content making mud pies in a slum
and fool about with drink and sex and ambition
You offer infinite joy
to this ignorant child
this half-hearted creature with weak desires
may my desire be strong
and be for You
as i deny myself, take up my cross and follow You.
(taken from the writing of CS Lewis)
Lord, You know me better than I know myself.
You know the number of hairs on my head.
So straighten my paths,
straighten this crooked form,
and transform me into Your image.