As I was organizing my photos, I came across this image taken one year ago.

I had developed an early morning ritual of going to Revere Beach to watch the sunrise. This morning in particular, I got up extra early to catch the Blue Hour.

Thought I'd be a little creative and experiment with long exposures...this image moved me to write a personal prayer of surrender as I prepared to enter into 2012.

Prayer of Abandonment:

"Holy Father, thank you for your grace and mercy working powerfully in my life. You are my strength, my guiding force. In you, I find peace and purpose. I offer myself to thee Lord, to use me according to your will. I lift up my fears and anxieties to you, knowing and trusting that you will work everything out according to your will. Please clear the clouds of doubt from my mind that I may see the path ahead. Let your will be done, not mine.

God, I lift up my hands in prayer, my heart in surrender and my will to be conformed to your ways. Relieve me of the bondage of my fears and doubts. Forgive my lack of faith in your love for me. Empty me of all desires, demands, needs and expectations of myself and others that aren't according to your will and plan for me. Fill me with your peace, purpose and strength.

In your Son's precious and Holy name I pray."

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