I came across this prayer this week, which I think is perfect for this time of year, as many of us are getting “back in the swing of things,” with all the meetings, scheduling, and activities that implies. (Here’s more on this prayer.)
One of the gifts of faith is the growing ability to choose to respond intentionally rather than reactively to whatever comes our way—but this is a gift that we must ask for in our prayer, and continually cultivate. May God grant you the grace to greet your days in peace!
Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace.
Help me to rely on your holy will.
In every hour of the day reveal your will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day
with peace of soul
and with the firm belief that your will governs all.
Guide my words and deeds, my thoughts and feelings.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely
without embittering or embarrassing others.
Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day
with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will. Teach me to pray. Pray yourself in me.
— Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow, 1826-1867