I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay,
God’s ear to hearken to my need,
the wisdom of my God to teach,
God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward,
the word of God to give me speech,
God’s heavenly host to be my guard. (St Patrick)
Lent is a time to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to strip ourselves of things that are not necessary, to draw closer to God. The words of St Patrick remind us of the need to let go and to trust in the power of God.
Lord, you are my protector and shield. Let my trust for you be whole and complete.