January 14, 2011

An OFW's Prayer

Feeling melancholic but once again, let me post here a prayer lifted from the prayer book that my mom gave me. It's from Straight from the Heart, a St. Paul's publication.

Dear Lord,
source of hope and our salvation,
guide me as I travel,
lead me on the right path,
and never let me depart from you.

Grant me a safe journey from the home
I leave behind to my destination:
may I find true friends as well as
a decent and rewarding job;
may I enjoy the beauty of the place;
may I appreciate the grandeur
of your creation.

Watch over me
and lead me safely back home:
keep me away from harm and danger;
spare me from embarassment and humiliation;
deliver me from scandal and shame.

Stay by my side
and always remind me of my true home:
as a pilgrim, I am just passing by in this world;
as your creature, I must return to you;
as your servant, I must lead others to heaven.

Watch over those whom I leave behind.
Protect my family and loved ones
while I am away.
Keep us always safe
in the palm of your hands.

Watch over all of us
though we live far apart.
With your grace and blessing,
may we see each other in the future:
to enjoy once again each other's company,
to hear and listen to our own life stories,
and to accompany one another
on the road that leads to you.

In Jesus' name.

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