A few weeks ago, for Not-At-All-General Formation group I had planned for us to consider liturgical prayers about ordinary things like making a cup of tea, looking out the window at the sky, getting dressed, the feel of walking on grass barefoot. That kind of thing.
When I arrived at work that particular morning I was feeling really stretched, my brain was foggy, I felt physically tense and just unable to pin down my thoughts. I was experiencing that elusive, impossible to grasp, but so concretely real feeling of Overwhelm. So, when I got to Completely-Non-General Formation Group the following prayer was what I wrote. The picture shows the raw version, scrawled in pink felt-tip on scraps of re-used paper (if you want a typed copy, flick me an email).
I have revisited this prayer a few times, and offered it to others too. Right now you may be feeling overwhelmed—the end of the academic year brings so much pressure. I pray that this prayer may be a blessing to you, may it remind you to stop, breathe, and surrender to God, and may it allow you to be overwhelmed only by God’s love and peace.