Supplication or Reminder?

Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ in me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man (one) who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, part 7 (for full poem, click Lent 2016: Saint Patrick’s Breastplate)

Holy God,

When storms rage and enemies surround me, when I am powerless and facing danger, these words comfort me. Christ is everywhere around me and in me, in the molecules of the entire universe and in my very DNA. No matter what comes, I am not alone and I am never lost to you. You hear my prayer for help.

When I am safe, when I have the power to destroy or sustain, these words remind me: Christ is everywhere around me and in me, in the fabric of the cosmos and the DNA of all living creatures. Whatever I do, whatever I refrain from doing, I do to the Christ in the heart of all that is. In this Holy week, in the shadow of the cross, may I refrain from harming your Spirit in others. Remind me of who I am. Remind me that you are I AM.

Let It Be.

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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

4 thoughts on “Supplication or Reminder?”

  1. Thanks Bill!
    Oddly enough, my image for learning deeply enough to understand something is sinking into mud. Soaked is another wonderful word for that whole experience – and a lot less messy! Peace, Johnna

  2. Looking out at a lovely soft rain this morning. I picture the plants and animals grateful for it. Now I can add the vision of Jesus love raining down upon me

    1. I love that image, especially this week. Thank you, Brigid, for the blessing of your words. Peace, Johnna

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