Monday Morning Offering: 1/30

Good morning, good God!

I’m stuck on Saint Paul’s words from yesterday’s mass:
    that I’m wise by no one’s standards
        – human or divine
    and that those I count as foolish
        may be wise beyond my dreams…

Foolishly, I sometimes think 
    I know it all

      – and you, Lord, know – I don’t!

Lord, keep me from the pretense

   that I know more than most

      and so much more than anyone around me…

Keep me from thinking 

    I know it all

       and have nothing left to learn…

Keep me from thinking I know enough

   because I know enough 
        – to just get by…

Keep me from thinking I know myself well

    when I’m such a mark 
        for my own deceit…

Keep me from thinking

  –  and over-thinking –
        too much, too often and to no avail…

Keep me from thinking 

   that others don’t

      Lord, open
my mind to their thoughts…

Keep me from thinking

   my thoughts are all

      – but help me
know when they are…
Keep me from thinking 
    you’d fail to forgive

      my foolish thoughts and ideas…

Keep me from thinking I know better than

    true from false, bad from good 
        and the difference ‘tween right and wrong…

Keep me from thinking:

   « The worst will happen! »
        – and help me to hope for the best…

Keep me from thinking

   you don’t understand,

      you who dwell in the depths of my

Keep me from thinking

   I can do it alone

      when I need all the help I can get…

Keep me from thinking 
    it’s always my fault

        and help me to trust in the good that I do…


Keep me from thinking

   I know all there is 

        to know about you and your love…

And keep me from thinking 

   there’s ever a moment

      when you’re
not thinking of me…
Such is my prayer for wisdom, Lord,
offered this Monday morning:
    make me wise in your ways
        in your word and your truth
            and in all that I say and do…



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