I haven’t done any posts here for quite a while now, mainly because I have been so incredibly busy. I’ve been working two jobs and trying to pack my life up in boxes in preparation of moving across the country, not to mention trying to find time to spend with all of my family and friends. For the most part, it has been a happy state of frenetic activity, but occasionally, due to one thing or another, there comes a day when I just feel overwhelmed that all I have to do.
Today was one of those days. And on top of feeling stressed and anxious about several different things, I was also just feeling crabby and out of sorts–off balance, I guess you could say. And then one of my friends shared The Prayer of Saint Patrick, which truly helped lift my spirits.
“Christ be with me, Christ be within me.
Christ behind me, Christ before me.
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger.
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The three in one, and one in three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
God Grant it.
Reading these words, shared by a friend, was like breathing in a breath of fresh air. It was, in fact, breathing in the breath of the Holy Spirit, as I meditated on the meaning and allowed it to fill me up and give me peace.
Christ is for me, and none can be against me.
When Christ is in me, there is no room for myself.
When He occupies my thoughts, there is no place for anxiety or pessimism.
And because He is in me, He knows the assurance that I sometimes crave, whether I am praying for it mentally, or crying for it in desperation.
Just as Christ is in me, He is also in those who I cherish, who also care enough for me to pray for me.
When Christ is in us all, we can speak the truth, and do good work with our hearts and with our hands.
And as I reflected on the knowledge of all of this, I was reminded of a verse that I had shared just the other day with a friend of mine. It rebounded to me in my own time of need, and spoke further comfort to my mind and my heart:
“For I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
If I can keep Him at my center, then I am sure to find my balance, and He is sure to give me strength.