In this selection from The Ave Prayer Book for Catholic Mothers, Ericka Campbell shares a prayer for our darkest, loneliest days.
There was a time in my life when alcohol was my go-to coping mechanism to deal with the darkness I was experiencing. Getting sober was what I describe as a pure moment of grace. It was light illuminating the dark recesses of my soul that had been covered in shame and guilt. As I quit drinking, I quickly learned that the only cure for alcoholism was turning my will and my life over to God. It required and continues to require God’s grace and taking things one day at a time.
When the darkness returns, when it all feels too much, when depression sets in, it is that same grace that I need to wash over me. When all seems lost or when I crumble from the exhaustion of motherhood and running a business, when the events of the world around me feel like too much to bear, I beg for the light of Christ to return.
This is my prayer for when I need to remember that God’s love is my heart’s delight, the one thing that sustains and heals. May this prayer be of help to you, too.
O Lord, My Sweetness and My Light
Lord, everything feels so dark and lonely.
I can’t seem to find you through the fog that has covered my life.
I know that you are all-loving and all-powerful.
Send your Holy Spirit to cover me in your grace. It is the only hope for me.
I cannot do this on my own and desperately need your goodness.
Shed your light into the darkest corners of my soul
so that I may be light for others.
You are mine, and I am yours.
This is an excerpt from The Ave Prayer Book for Catholic Mothers, which will be published November 5. 2021.
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About the author: Erica Campbell is the owner and designer of Be A Heart, a Catholic lifestyle brand. She and her husband, Paul, have one child.
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