During Lent of 2014, I challenged myself to write a 40-word prayer for each day of Lent. While this was not a particularly profound accomplishment, I was fed by the challenge to craft word into a prayers that I felt were true to my understanding of God in my life and the world.

So it’s with this discipline in mind that I am going to keep it up and offer up 40 Word Prayers from time to time. I hope they are helpful to you as they are to me.

Let us pray . . .

A Prayer on September 11th

Every September 11th
my soul wrestles with
and guilt.

May my loss become compassion
― not hate
May my anger become advocacy
― not revenge
May my guilt become action
― not apathy

God, let us all know Your peace.


Thanks to folks who have shared their feedback about these prayers. I deeply appreciate your taking the time to contact me and I am humbled by the affirmations offered. Thanks you. Please take some time to visit and share from the growing list of  40 Word Prayers on this blog, on Pinterest and on Facebook. You can also share via the hashtag, #40wordprayer.

Tools: For word counting I use wordcounter and for image creation I use canva.

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