Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.
~ Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Breath Prayer: (choose one of the sentences above and make it into two phrases)
In these Lenten days we recognize that time is different here. Moments that hold our prayers are holding our entire lives. There is time to pause, to reflect. Here in these Lenten days we are reminded that there is time enough between now and our next breath.
St. Theresa’s prayer is said to be over 500 years old. 500 years. Many of us have trouble remembering what we did last month or even last week, and for generations we have been praying this prayer. It is a welcomed companion for this day and this journey.
As we make our way through Lent, there is a great mystery that pulls us. It is a longing for that deep, life-giving love of God. This prayer invites us into the love of the One who brings strength and courage, comfort and solace. May we take heart and pray aloud this prayer, listening again this day for holy.
Prayer: Eternal and gracious God we give you thanks for the saints who have gone before. We give you thanks that the words of their faith continue to lead us closer to you. In this great mystery, may we take heart. May we continue to follow you all the days of our lives. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.