February 28, 2009

A Prayer for Driving in Traffic

The following Celtic Prayer was written by the South/Central neighborhood group. Click here to see the other prayers.


Most Holy God.
You are always with me wherever I have to go.
You see me when I leave home and when I return.
Yet in between, there are moments when I need you.

Rushed, hurried, trying to beat the clock,
     cars in front of me at a standstill.
I’m angry and agitated and impatient.
Grant me a heart that remembers there are people in each car.
Not dispensable, but a human life.
Each passenger has a story you have written.

As I’m trapped behind a door,
Let me open my window
To consider the beauty and lives around me.

Families,
     performers,
     children,
     those hurting,
     those celebrating,
     those rushed,
     those procrastinating.
Let me open my window to see your creation – birds, trees, the wind, the sunsets.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle may I find peace.
May I use this time to grow closer to you.
Amen.

[Photo by atxbill @ Flickr]