As you begin, pause for a moment. Take several long, deep breaths and allow yourself to grow still. Be aware of God's loving presence within you.
2 John 1:3
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son in truth and love.
The New Testament letters often begin with a blessing. This one makes a promise -that grace, mercy, and peace from God and from Jesus Christ will be with us. How comforting that reminder can be when we feel overwhelmed with the hectic activity and uncertainties of life. God's grace, mercy, and peace are not gifts that the world gives. When we make time to step aside from our daily routine and allow God to intervene, we can be sure that the grace, mercy, and peace of God and of Jesus Christ will be there with us.
When did I last take time to step aside and feel God's grace, mercy and peace?
To whom do I most wish grace, mercy, and peace today?
(Speak to God, using this prayer or a prayer of your own.)
Dear God, source and end of all blessings, thank you for your promise to be with us. Teach me to step aside and receive your gifts with open arms.