Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

by Barbara Head

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:11

Amongst all the “word find” and paisley mandala book I am surrounded by, I now keep four very important (to me) books from my home, here with me at Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home.

They are:

And last, but absolutely not least, my Ascension prayer book! This is now marked where it has always been marked: pages 832 and 833…

  • 58 – a prayer “For Guidance”
  • 61 – “A Prayer of Self-Dedication”
  • 62 – “A Prayer attributed to St. Francis”

It has taken me nearly two years to get these all together at my bedside in the nursing home — but already I feel calmer and more settled to be in my old routine. It is so easy — too easy! — to step away from God. Without being even aware of it, I was lost.

Thank God that the wonderful people in my life saved me! Indeed, I am living proof that God takes care of those who cannot take care of themselves! Thanks to wonderful friends, I am in a safe place and well-taken care of.

I cannot give any logical reason for my belief in God — I can only affirm that my life is better because of that belief. I have had many great gifts — friends, sobriety, education, travel — because of it.

“Cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me!
Psalm 51:12