A Prayer for Temperance and Fulfillment
Father God, Lord and Creator,
Give me the strength to say "no"
without resorting to shame,
to unneeded guilt;
to villifying any of your good gifts,
whether that be wine or coffee
or stories or sex.
I am yours, my Lord, in every part
and long like a lover to be possessed
full to the brim and sated
by the overwhelming grace and glory
that is Your paradox and duality:
Your utter holiness and godhood,
Your sensate and natural humanity.
By Your mercy and wisdom make me
like You in all things:
especially in the love You teach me for
Your beautiful and shattered people,
those you seek with abandon and unending passion.
Give me the strength to say a true "no,"
that I may have room and power to say a truthful "yes"
to You and to them,
over and over again.