Sunday, October 07, 2007

Prayer on My Window


The prayer written on my window is in Portuguese. Inherited from a former student from Brazil. Perhaps it was written during times of loneliness, or times when her studies felt like it was too much, or times when all the "foreign-ness" around her seemed overwhelming. Then perhaps she felt she needed to look outside of herself and to God and how He would wish her to respond.

Perhaps.

And if this is so, I share her prayer. Here it is in English:

"Like a lighthouse that shines in the night,
like a bridge over the water,
like a shelter in the desert,
I want to be used in a way that pleases you,
in any place you might place me .
Here is my life, use it."

And I say, "Amen."

13 comments:

Erlinda said...

Hi Gypsy, can I make this prayer mine too?:) What a beautiful, heartfelt prayer. The kind that must bring joy to God to answer.
Hope you're doing okay.:)

snglguy said...

Wow! That was a very touching prayer.

vernaloo said...

I do wonder what she was feeling when she wrote that one :) I just read a book by Paulo Coelho and the lead character was a Brazilian woman...wala lang. :)

Wdoodle said...

indeed an "Amen" too. =)

aryo said...

Amen, indeed!

tutubi said...

that's one of the reasons why i love lighthouses aside from being romantic :)

Abaniko said...

Naku, that's plain vandalism. Joke. Hehe.

It is such an earnest prayer. How moving!

mitsuru said...

A prayer straight from the heart.
I say, Amen to that.:)

Gypsy said...

Erlinda, sure! But you have to pay me royalties for the copyright. Hehe.

Snglguy, oo nga, nice reminder for me everytime I pull back the curtains in the morning.

Verns, I wanted to get my Brazilian guy classmate to come and translate it for me pero don't know him well enough to ask him to come into my room and check it out. Hehe, so my special thanks to on-line translation. ;)

Wdoodle and Aryo, amen again. ;)

Tutubi, yeah they are very symbolic aren't they?

Abaniko, my other classmates thought is was cool..hehe.

Mitsuru, yeah, that's why it made me wonder what made her write it.

ipanema said...

that's a lovely one! i hope you're in the pink of health!

it reminds me of one i saw in my son's school. they wrote messages and their email addresses on it. :)

the philosphical bastard said...

touching.

Jap said...

That's one vandalism you can't erase =) lovely prayer. I can almost here the person's soul while reading it. The ink will eventually fade, but the prayer will remain in that room and to all the people who have had the privilege of absorbing it. Thanks, Gypsy.

rowena said...

very touching prayer...