Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
from Jennifer Creagar, Community Assistance Coordination Director
Following Jesus sounds like the easiest part of being a Christian. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about? We all know, though, that keeping Christ in focus as we move through our daily lives isn’t always that easy. There are so many distractions, so many demands for our time, attention, and energy. Sometimes we are pulled into following someone or something else – things the world around us presents as important, shouting and crying out for us to look away from Jesus. If we aren’t careful, we get lost in the noise.
There is a prayer from the Celtic tradition, part of the much longer Breastplate of St. Patrick, that offers a good tool for keeping our focus as we move through the noise and distraction. It’s a good way to start the day, and a good prayer for when we feel lost, or like we’ve strayed from Christ’s healing and joy.
Lord, I come to you today, asking for help to focus on Jesus.
As I move through this day, help me remember that I carry
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
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