Pete Scazzero is the senior pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City, a multiracial, international church representing over 65 countries. Pete has authored several books on emotional health and contemplative spirituality. You can find him at EmotionallyHealthy.org and follow him on Twitter.
Take a few minutes today to experience an excerpt from The Daily Office:
Silence and Stillness and Centering before God (2 minutes)
Scripture: Psalm 139:1-6
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Patrick (AD 389-461), originally from Britain and raised Christian, was sold into slavery in Ireland for six years. Upon his escape, he was ordained a bishop and returned to Ireland traveling widely, evangelizing tirelessly, and organizing churches and monasteries. His mission to Ireland marked an important turning point in the history of missions in the Roman Empire.
Prayer of Saint Patrick
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From the snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in multitude.
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 in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the creator of creation.
Question to Consider: What lines from Patrick’s prayer speak to you? Carry them in your heart today.
Lord, thank-you for your reassuring presence that surrounds me. This is almost too wonderful for me to take in! By the Holy Spirit, enlarge my capacity to remain aware of your presence throughout the remainder of this day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)
The Daily Office by Pete Scazzero, Willow Creek Association 2008