Ribbons of Grace

I get knots in my neck, perhaps from too much time at the computer.  Yoga instructors say, "Don't wear your shoulders as earrings." (I do that.)

So I began to wonder about other knots--the kind of kinks that sneak into the crevices of my mind. They can keep me tangled up in feelings of worry, angst or fear. 

Centuries ago, monks created prayer ropes which were knots tied in leather straps which later gave way to prayer beads and then rosarium, the rosary beads. A prayer is repeated with each knot or bead.

I thought, that's what prayer does. It unravels and unspools the knots turning them into ribbons of flowing grace.

Then I found this beautiful prayer by Iyanla Vanzant, taken from her book, Everyday I Pray (2001).  This is a prayer worth sharing.

Waves, Lines, Ribbon, Abstract, Geometric, Line Art
Grace is ribbons of mountain air that gets through the cracks. —Anne Lamott
Dear God,

Please untie the knots in my mind,
my heart and my life.

Remove the have nots, and the do nots
that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots,
may nots,
might nots that may find
a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all,
Dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind,
my heart and my life all of the “am nots”
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought that
I am not good enough.

by Iyanla Vanzant 
Rope, Heart, Love, Symbol, Knot, Rope

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See Also:

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. lunchpartner says:

    Amen. Perfect prayer to start my beautiful Sunday!

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    1. In full agreement, even while I rub the kinks in my neck. 🙂

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  2. Carol Anne Pinnel says:

    I have a lot of knots in my head also. Thanks for this message. I will say that prayer and let God release some of the nots into the air.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I do need that visual of unspooling grace when the knots (nots) creep in.

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  3. Nancy E Buhrer says:

    oh gosh what a perfect prayer- I am one who manages to let those knots in my mind kept me tangled up as you describe- I am reminded of Pope Francis and his devotion to the Blessed Mother to be Undoer of knots!

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    1. I love that! The undoer of knots. Thanks to Pope Francis and you.

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