Heavenly God, You, the Holy One, Who gifted life to me as Your blessing, I beseech Thee to help me fully and wholly live in the Now. Now is all I have today. Please help me not to live in the past. In prayer I have learned that carrying anger, resentment and lack of forgiveness of the past into the present only robs me of finding love, gratefulness, wonder and awe today. I know that my thinking that true happiness will be gained in the acquisition of future possessions, rewards and success prevents me from fully living and deeply loving others today. In prayer may I hear in Your gift to me of the Now, the heartbeat of Your love for me. May I feel the flutter of angels’ wings around me. May I take in with each and every breath the air filled with Your love for me. Amen
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This prayer was inspired by Brother Curtis Almquist, an Episcopal monk from Emery House, a retreat facility on 140 acres in West Newbury, Massachusetts. Brother Curtis helps others to find the sacred in the ordinary and experience the extraordinary gift of life in the present through prayer and silence. Thank you, Brother Curtis.