As I drove to Seattle this week, driving across the snowy, congested Snoqualmie Pass…with slush on the roadway and giant semi-trucks on every side of me, I repeated this prayer…it seemed so fitting for a frightened heart. Of course, it is a prayer fitting for every day:
Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
From an adaptation of a section of ‘St. Patrick’s Breastplate’ by Cecil Anderson and Charles Stanford. Original prayer credited to St. Patrick, early 5th century.