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Pastor’s Corner April 2019

Spring Cleaning Prayer

Create in me a clean heart, O God, open and receptive, so that I may embrace the many ways you choose to visit my life.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, wash away my resistance to working through difficult relationships and clear out the refuse of old battles.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, purified through the daily disruptions and the life encounters that take me beyond my grasping control and ego-centeredness.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, freed from the clutter of cultural enticements, so that I can enjoy the beauty of life’s simple things and relish the gifts I easily take for granted. Create in me a clean heart, O God, bathed from harsh thoughts, shame and perfectionistic tendencies. De-clutter my heart from judgement and negativity.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, dust off the unmindful activity that constantly collects there and brush me free of frantic busyness, so that I will have time to dwell with you in the listening space of solitude and silence.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, rinsed of the residue of false messages about my identity, enabling my inner goodness and light to shine through all that I am and do. Create in me a clean heart, O God, cleansed of anxiety and lack of trust, restoring in me an inner faith in your abiding presence and unconditional love.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, washed with your mercy and strengthened by your love, helping me to move beyond whatever keeps me from union with you and following in your compassionate footstep. Amen. (Adapted from Joyce Rupp)

This excerpt is from the March Fisherman Newsletter.
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