August / September 2019 - Vol. 105

                  man kneeling before a cross at the river 
Prayer Before a Difficult Task

from Prayer Poems for Every Occasion

by Sean O'Neill

On this way through the foothills of life
You, Lord, steer into my onward path
greensward and boulder, valley and peak,
broad metaled road and broken cattle track.
In the conjunction of a million threads of will,
here and now I face the fording of the river,
the task that must be tackled to proceed.
Lord, You know everything, the story and outcome,
keep my wits clear and my mind sharp
to bend lithely to every nuance and gradation;
Give strength of body and steadiness of hand
and confidence that You are with me as I strive.
Give me joyful trust in Your care for me
that I may broach this present task
with courage, whatever the result.
Your hand is at work in my life
to bring to fruition Your light in my heart,
Your longed-for perfection and gentle bliss.
Give me success and may it usher in
the glorious procession of Your kingdom.
And if my enterprise should come to naught
let me accept, joyfully, my cross united to Yours.
May Your precious will be done in my life always.

(c) 2017 Sean O'Neill, from That Fair Beguiling Thread - Prayer Poems for Every Occasion

For many years Sean O'Neill was a leader in a lay Christian community in Glasgow, Scotland. Along with his wife, Liz, he is currently involved in offering healing prayer to all-comers in his parish in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, USA..

                        Poems for Every Occasion book cover
That Fair Beguiling Thread - Prayer Poems for Every Occasion
by Sean O'Neill

Each of the prayers in this volume uses imagery to express ideas and petitions in a lyrical and finely-crafted way. This affords the person praying a more heartfelt time of prayer which, in turn, gives greater glory to God. The book is intended for anyone who is sincere about their relationship with God and wishes to express that in ways that reflect their own experience of life and the cry of their heart.

The book contains 57 prayer poems spanning a wide range of themes, including prayers for family members, for work, for driving, in a difficult task, in sickness, distress,bereavement, for an addict, etc.

The book is available on and in both print and ebook format.

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