Monday, August 27, 2007

The Chalice Prayer - a gift from Susan

Father, to Thee I raise my whole being
- a vessel emptied of self. Accept, Lord
this emptiness, and so fill me with
Thyself - Thy Light, Thy Love, Thy Life
- that these Thy precious Gifts may
radiate trough me and overflow
the chalice of my heart into
the hearts of all with whome I
come in contact this day
revealing unto them
the beauty of
Thy Joy
the serenity
of thy Peace
which nothing can destroy

At church they sometimes give us these notes on the talk
I started out by filling these in
all enthusiastically and then got home and filed them
in a drawer never to be looked at again.
So I have tended recently to listen
make any relevent notes on my
phone. Note to self etc...
I picked up a note sheet as usual
and then as the talk went on just left it to one side
and listened....
I while into it
a woman flustered came in
perched at the side
and started making notes
she asked my neighbour a few things
and then started writing
she didnt have the "Notes"
I reached over and gave her mine
I hadnt wanted to
twice I decided against it
I wanted to keep it just in case
I was missing something
See my experience of previous times
shows me I have no need for these notes
What I miss, I can listen again
on the website HTB sunday talks
anytime I want
So I just leaned over and mumbled "here you go"
and gave her my notes
Her face shone
Like I had just given her a million pounds
it shocked me
See I dunno what people need or dont need
do i ?
Near the end, she leaned over
and mumbled, "she would like me to have this"
and passed me a copy of this prayer
At the end I stopped by her and thanked her
She said it means alot to her
someone had given it to her when her dad died
in africa
Fighting back the tears
I said it will mean alot to me now too cos my mum
died in africa last year
She "blessed me"
Introduced herself and I to her
and then we said Goodbye
AGAIN ... there are no coincidences
I have said this prayer this morning
Its lovely
And fits perfectly in
Thank you Susan
Oh and heres a couple more NEW friends Red Head Gal
and Rhonda, go say Hi if you havent met already!!
hey, how slow am I
I just realised, the prayer is in the shape
of a Chalice... how cool :D
happy bank holiday
Me am off to Guildford this afternoon
Do a chair
I have never been to Guildford
AA takes me places I would never have
otherwise strayed
geographically, mentally, physically
spiritually and emotionally
And for that I am grateful


Syd said...

It's a beautiful prayer. Thanks so much for sharing it. I'm glad that you talked with Susan and she gave you something beautiful.

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

yep. out of the comfort zone is good. thanks for the nottingham tip. it will be a nice thing to go to aftr the exams next year