This prayer is suggested by Joyce Rupp in her book of meditations The Cup of Your Life.
Breathing in: O Mystery . . .
Breathing out: Alive in me.
A Prayer of Unknowing
Here in the valley of desire
let me not stumble over
my need to understand.
than settling for what
my mind can achieve and encompass,
let me choose instead
a life of unknowing.
Let me choose you,
who are unknowable
rather than a God of my creation,
a God shrunk to my size.
Let me choose instead
to be fully human,
to be unknowing.
— John Kirvan in There Is A God, There Is No God
A Sense of Mystery
O Great God (or Great Spirit), you created me and everything around me with a sense of mystery. I now step into that mystery and put my arms around it. Help me to accept the things of this day I do not, and cannot, understand. Help me to use the encounters with mystery to draw nearer to you, to my brothers and sisters, and to all you have made.
— Jose Hobday in Stories of Awe and Abundance
I Do Not Know
I do not know where you are leading me.
I do not even know what my next day,
my next week, or my next year will look like.
As I try to keep my hands open,
I trust that you will put your hand in mine
and bring me home.
Thank you, God, for your love.
— Henri J. M. Nouwen in With Open Hands
The Great Mystery
Oh Great Mystery
We give thanks for the natural world we see:
All the creatures, stones and plants
Who show us how to be.
We learn their lessons, seek their truths,
Return our loving praise,
We honor the peace they show us,
Which guides our human ways.
We ask that we may become like them, Living in harmony,
And deep within our heart of hearts,
Know the Sacred Mystery.
— Jamie Sams in God Has No Religion: Blending Traditions for Prayer by Frances Sheridan Goulart