Pause + Pray

I Live Because You Love


Poet John O’Donahue once wrote, “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” May this prayer heighten your awareness of the divine flow of your life and your ongoing dance with the Trinity.


What a miracle it is to be loved into existence,
even now, wherever I am, still in this moment,
no matter what has led me here,
no matter my inner or outer state—
the length of the night, the noise of the day—
I am reminded I am enough as you fill my lungs
and bring me to life,
as you flow through my being like a downward stream,
as you mysteriously ground me like an ocean containing a ship.
Trinity, help me flow as you flow out of the infinite well of love within
as I am loved by you into my bed or my chair
or the ground in which I stand in this very moment,
this unfolding miracle, this ever-flowing love.


Take these words from John O’Donahue’s poemor a phrase that resonated from this prayerand every time you catch yourself bored with life or going through the motions, recite those words to heighten your awareness of the miracle of being loved into existencejust as you are.

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