Some Resources to Help Us Discern

Let's Build a Resource List Together!

I”m so greatly encouraged that so many of you have emailed or left comments about me sharing my own personal journey of discernment.

I thought I would share here some collected resources: prayers, poems, etc that I’m using that you may want to consider also.  Would you mind sharing in the comment section of the blog any other resources you’ve found helpful—those that offer light and insight; those prayers that you find yourself saying again and again and I’ll add to this list.  Let’s build this together.  Songs, books, etc.  Let’s help each other here, OK?  Again, leave your suggestions here so we can watch the list build.

Things I’ve written on the blog, can be easily accessed by scrolling up and down the blog entries.

Finally, Would you consider to “Share” this post on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, etc post as so many are searching for answers.

 

 

Here are a few of mine:

For a New Beginning
by John O’Donohue

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

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Harrowing by Parker Palmer

 

The plow has savaged this sweet field

Misshapen clods of earth kicked up

Rocks and twisted roots exposed to view

Last year’s growth demolished by the blade.

I have plowed my life this way

Turned over a whole history

Looking for the roots of what went wrong

Until my face is ravaged, furrowed, scared.

Enough.  The job is done.

Whatever’s been uprooted, let it be

Seedbed for the growing that’s to come

I plowed to unearth last year’s reasons—

The farmer plows to plant a greening season.

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For Retirement

By John O’Donohue

 

This is where your life has arrived,

After all the years of effort and toil;

Look back with graciousness and thanks

On all your great and quiet achievements.

You stand on the shore of new invitation

To open your life to

what is left undone;

Let your heart enjoy a different rhythm

When drawn to the wonder of other horizons.

Have the courage for a new approach to time;

Allow it to slow until you find freedom

To draw alongside the mystery you hold

And befriend your own beauty of soul.

Now is the time to enjoy your heart’s desire,

To live the dreams you’ve waited for,

To awaken the depths beyond your work

And enter into your infinite source.

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Disturb Us, O Lord by Sir Francis Drake

 

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

 

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A Prayer by Thomas Merton

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

 

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  • Natalie Hibbard

    Wondrous Worker of Wonders,
    I praise you, not alone for what has been,
    Or for what is,
    But for what is yet to be,
    For you gracious beyond all telling of it.

    I praise you that out of the turbulence of my life a kingdom is coming,
    Is being shaped even now
    Out of the slivers of loving,
    My bits of trusting,
    My springs of hoping,
    My tootles or laughing,
    My drips of crying,
    My smidgens of worshipping;
    That out of my songs and struggles,
    Out of my griefs and triumphs,
    I am gathered up and saved,
    For you are gracious beyond all telling of it.

    I praise you that you turn me loose to go with you to the edge of now and maybe,
    To welcome the new, to see my possibilities, to accept my limits, and yet begin living to the limit
    Of passion and compassion until, released by joy, I uncurl to other people and to your kingdom coming,
    For you are gracious beyond all telling of it.

    By Ted Loder

    • Stephen W. Smith

      Thank you Natalie for posting Ted Loder’s prayer. I love all his work. This is a great resource. Thanks for posting it.