Friday, October 21, 2011

This moment of prayer brought to you by our friends at Myers-Briggs

The other day I was driving down Foothill Boulevard and was behind a car with the license plate "ENTP."

"Seriously?" I thought. "Someone makes their Myers-Briggs type their personalized license plate? Only in L.A.!

And that very day this graphic with Myers-Briggs type-specific prayers started to make the rounds on Facebook ...

And THAT reminded me of this litany I wrote awhile back for "Ps" and "Js" who didn't even understand each other enough to know how to pray for each other. And I think it still works. So, for what it's worth, I give you:


A LITANY FOR Js & Ps

For the gift of new visions for the future and for the ability to implement and expedite them,
We give you thanks, O Lord.

From the temptation to become so focused on the goal we vision that we do not see the possibilities you offer,
Good Lord, deliver us.


For the grace you give us to be present in the moment and for the gift of spontaneity and openness to changing direction,
We give you thanks, O Lord.

From the danger of being so present in the moment that we settle for what is rather than risk partnering with you to achieve what could be,
Good Lord, deliver us.


For the wholeness and joy you offer us in our relationships with one another,
We give you thanks, O Lord.

From being so defined by our relationships that we lose sight of ourselves in the process, and from the fears of abandonment and rejection that being vulnerable to such loving can bring,
Good Lord, deliver us.


For the strength of self and independence you give us as beloved, empowered and gifted children of God,
We give you thanks, O Lord.

From the temptation to focus so much on the gift of our individuality that we lose sight of our call to mutuality,
Good Lord, deliver us.


For the love you have given us to share, which has been a source of strength and comfort, joy and support, growth and grace,
We give you thanks, O Lord.

For the hurts we have inflicted, the wounds we have created, the trusts we have betrayed and the pain we have caused,
Forgive us, O Lord.


Gracious God, we know that you call us all into wholeness in body, mind and spirit … and we come to you today to pray for your help in that journey. Open to your healing spirit of love and compassion, we ask for your guidance as we seek to grow more fully into the people you have created us to be. Trusting in your presence within us and between us, we ask for your wisdom as we seek to live more authentically into the relationships you have given us with one another and with you. Claiming the blessing of the vocations with which you have gifted us, we ask you to gift us once more with both hope and discernment as we journey into your future. All this we ask in the name of your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

3 comments:

Will said...

Just had to go through my records and check the results of my Myers - Briggs to make sure I read the right prayer at the right time.

ISTJ - but I guess you could have figured that out...

F. Harry Stowe said...

Does the plate give you any warnings about the driving of the person in the car?

Ann said...

love it - sharing it all over