I Search For God

The other day I found a prayer among my material from an old retreat I attended.  As is sometimes the case with these old handouts I discover, there was not source attached to the prayer. [Update: Thanks to the reader who commented to say that Joyce Rupp is the source of the prayer.]  The prayer seems a wonderful follow-up to my posts of the last two days, so I thought I would share it.

I search for God;
elusive, hidden God.
I long to dwell in the heart of mystery.
I search for my true self,
more of whom I already am,
Knowing there’s so much yet to be discovered.

God of passionate love,
stir up the embers of my heart.

I search for love,
the unconditional love of a God
who enfolds me and asks me to come close.
I search for vision
in the shadows of my soul
impatiently waiting for the moment of light.

God of passionate love,
stir up the embers of my heart.

I search for a quiet heart
amid life’s busyness and distractions.
My soul cries out yearning to rest in you.
I search for compassion
in a world that has grown deaf
to the cries of the hurting and the pleas of the powerless.

God of passionate love,
stir up the embers of my heart.

I search for you in the events of my life,
always discovering that you are already there.
You search for me.
You believe in me.
You love me unconditionally.
You wait for me and welcome me.
Let me truly hear your invitation to come.

God of passionate love,
stir up the embers of my heart.

P.S.  If anyone has a source for it, I’d be grateful if you would share that with me.

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