My Boat is so Small!

Friday 24th March

Isaiah 54:10
Mountains may crumble and hills may be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.

Without remaining open to change,
we cannot remain open to life.
– Ram Dass

One of the marks of modern life is our desire to possess,
to see things as “mine”,
and for life to be the way that I want it to be.
Such desires are the cause of a great deal of our unhappiness,
because life does not work that way.
Life is constantly changing, moving, shifting;
and that which we seek to possess
is constantly slipping through our fingers.
Life is very rarely how “I” want it to be
– events, people, life will simply not play ball.
Living prayerfully is about relinquishing control,
understanding that life is not created to flow around me.
Living prayerfully is about me learning to flow
around and through life.
I love the prayer of the Breton fishermen:
“Lord, the sea is so vast and my boat is so small.”
It is a prayer that recognises the changing, moving,
shifting flow of life,
a prayer that recognises its vulnerability
and our need to place it into God’s hands.
At the same time it is a prayer that recognises
that life is a holy adventure, a wonderful journey
if only we can keep our eyes fixed upon God.
Prayer is our means of doing just that.

A prayer by Charles de Foucauld

 My Father I abandon myself to you
Do with me as you will.
Whatever you may do with me, I thank you.
I am prepared for anything, I accept everything,
provided your will is fulfilled in me and in all creatures.
I ask for nothing more, my God.
I place my soul into your hands;
I give it to you, my God, with all the love of my heart,
because I love you.
and for me it is a necessity of love, this gift of myself,
this placing of myself in your hands without reserve,
in boundless confidence, because you are my Father.