Day Two - 40 Day Prayer Pledge
Posted on February 27 2020
The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.” “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion for the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 49:15
God is always thinking of me. He will never forget about me; He will never give up on me. He is on my side forever. Reflect on this truth, savor it, read the passage again, slowly out loud, let it nourish your soul.
(Make the Sign of the Cross)
Lord, you have created me to do some definite service; you have committed some work to me which you have not committed to another. I have my mission – I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow, I am necessary for your purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in his, if, indeed, I fail, you can raise another, as you could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. You have not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do your work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but your commandments and serve you in my calling. Therefore I will trust you. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness my sickness may serve you; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve you; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve you. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond me. You do nothing in vain; you may prolong my life, you may shorten it; you know what you are about; you may take away my friends; you may throw me among strangers; you may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me, still you know what you are about.
Adapted from a reflection composed by Blessed J.H. Newman (1801- 1890)