I found this prayer in a book titled “Turn My Heart” by Susan Briehl and Marty Haugen that really spoke to me. I liked it so much that I wanted to share it in my blog, as I feel that many in this world, especially those in recovery, will truly appreciate it. On some level, it reminded me quite a bit of St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer about selflessness. I hope you might find comfort and connection to the following words of this prayer as much as I did. Peace!
when I am famished, give me someone who needs food;
when I am thirsty, send me someone who needs water;
when I am cold, bring me someone to warm;
when I am hurting, send me someone to console;
when my cross becomes heavy, give me another’s cross to share;
when I am poor, lead someone needy to me;
when I have no time, give me someone to help for a moment;
when I am humiliated, give me someone to praise;
when I am discouraged, send me someone to encourage;
when I need another’s understanding, give me someone who needs mine;
when I need someone to take care of me, send me someone to care for;
when I dwell upon myself, turn my heart toward another.
Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson