Grant me courage, holy one. I seem to need buckets of it these days. I need courage to say “no” to taking on one more thing while not releasing another. I need courage to say “yes” to taking a break so that I might exercise my muscles and move past the normal confines of this day; “yes” to things that feed my soul; “yes” to the distractions that refresh me so that I might shoulder on (as opposed to soldier on–no warrior language in this space, please). I need courage to speak up and speak out against hate, anti-blackness, white supremacy, and, gently, stupidity (we all have our days). I need courage to keep my mouth shut sometimes, too, and to expand my capacity to listen. I need courage to grieve… so many things. I need courage to be honest with myself, too, let’s not overlook that. My prayer? Drench me in the confidence to remember that you inspire my desire to rise to the occasions before me, to claim what you promise and rejoice in the bounty of blessings that surround me. “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days.”
Amen.Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.
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3 thoughts on “Monday Prayer: courage”
thank you for all of this prayer but especially for “shoulder” on.
“Shoulder on…no warrior language in this space, please.”
I was just reading a catalog of books for Christians that came to the church. I am astonished by the branch (or whatever you want to call it) of Christianity that sees the world as a war zone between Christians and Satan, Satan not being explicitly defined but it seems to have something to do with the “temptations” of this world, sexual and otherwise. Book after book after book in the catalog. Here’s how you can win the war against Satan. I don’t even recognize this as the Christianity I know. Shaking my head in perplexity.
“Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days…” Those words read, said, and sung will be my mantra today. Thanks for the reminder.