Contentment Prayer

Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity.

All of us have been challenged it seems to rethink how we spend our finances and our time. We seem to be more attuned to our heart hopes, where God is leading and whose example we want to follow. I hear stories of people everywhere who are starting at the grass roots, changing neighborhoods, even countries. Lifestyles are changing. Many are once again looking to God’s word and the teachings of Jesus. In the midst of all the turmoil, financial instability, earthquakes and floods, people are working together and lending a hand with their time, money and prayers. In the midst of trouble, we see folks lifting up praises and prayers to God on TV. Wow, pretty exciting.

Are we becoming more detached? Detached from all our stuff and what we think we need to lead healthy satisfying lives? Many are deciding to downsize to live simpler but, ultimately fuller lives. While we are becoming more detached to stuff, generosity seems to be growing. Trust in God to provide and take care of our needs. I think we are learning to give up some control. We’re just scratching the surface here when it comes to detachment and surrender but, it just could be we will end up with a greater heart for people everywhere and more contentment in our lives. I love parables as they relate to life. This gave me something to think about, maybe you too.

A farmer wakes up to find his horse has run off. The neighbors come by and say, “Too bad. Such awful luck.” The farmer says, “Maybe.” The next day, the horse returns with a few other horses. The neighbors congratulate the farmer on his reversal of fortune. “Maybe,” the farmer says. When his son tries to ride one of the new horses, he breaks his leg, and the neighbors offer condolences. “Maybe,” the farmer says. And the next day, when army officials come to draft the son and don’t take him because of his broken leg, everyone is happy. “Maybe,” the farmer says.

I have heard stories like this before. They are beautiful in their simplicity and surrender to the universe. I wonder if I could be attached to something so detached. I don’t know. Maybe. (have a little faith)


1 comment (Add your own)

1. wrote:
Very good - thank you for sharing.

Fri, February 10, 2012 @ 5:57 AM

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