Sometimes prayer is formal. Sometimes it is very casual. Sometimes it is spoken. Sometimes it is silent. Sometimes it is simply a gentle touch. Over my years of working as a midwife, I have found prayer to be more and more useful. Here are some of my default prayers, the words that come to me again and again. I hope you find them useful.
May the best thing happen
(while silently acknowledging that I do not have a clue what is truly best)
Let me see what I need to see
Hear what I need to hear
Say what I need to say
Know what I need to know
Do what I need to do
(then, a deep, slow breath)
Prayer for Enemies*
May she be healthy, happy and safe
May all those that she loves be protected from harm
May our relationship be healed
(pronouns to be changed as needed)
As the head of a birthing baby bows to its mother, so Good Lord, I bow to you.
Let me be born, humble and new, bending my Self to Your Will.
Best Prayer Ever
Thank you so very much.
May all babies be born into loving hands
*The word ‘enemy’ has many definitions. I have adopted this term to describe people in my life where the relationship has intense tension or discord.