Dodgeballs of Life

Morning Prayer:
November 8, 2017
Prayer by Ms. Julie Anderson, Science Department

Imagine for a moment that you are playing dodgeball and someone suddenly hurls a ball towards your head. When the dodgeballs of life hit us, what do we do? We put our arms up; we try to stop it on our own. We turn in on ourselves and we try to survive. And when we do that, we tend to put God in a box that we only open at certain times. Maybe we only let him in when life is good, or we have enough time because we aren’t stressed out. Or maybe we only open that box after we try everything ourselves, when we are bruised all over and have nothing left. Maybe we only have him in the Sunday morning, ‘why is it so early? Lord, I hate dress clothes’ box. But he wants to be with you in each moment. Each success, each failure, each painful memory, each boring class you have to sit through. And he wants to show you what it means that he is your Father. If we let Him, He will be with us as we go through the tough stuff. And he will bring us peace, because instead of all the stress and grumpiness and garbage, we have someone to give it all to as we walk along. And God’s not in some far off Heaven. He’s here – he never left. Jesus is in the Eucharist at Mass, He’s in our Churches, but he’s also in our schools, streets, cars, and shops because he is in each and every one of us. We just have to let him become part of our lives.

So today as we go through our day here at Marist let us be reminded that God is always there waiting and ready to love and support us on our journey.

In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

God, today we ask you to be Our Father. So often we try to go through life on our own, believing that we have to deal with everything ourselves. Help us to see in a new way today your love for each of us, and that you want to be a part of each of our lives. And let us be your children, especially to those suffering or who do not know you.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, our mother, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

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