A Litany Of The Person

– Anonymous Trappist Monk

A litany is a call and response prayer, and it can also be a long list. You may have heard of a litany of complaints. The litany I bring you today is a long list of how our Creator sees us. I also believe it is how our Creator wants us to see ourselves and others around us.

I encourage you to not race through it. Take some time to read it out loud, slowly. Maybe even do it more than once. Notice how you react to the different lines. Does it fit? Does it feel awkward or even like a lie? Maybe it helps you to breathe easier. When a line strikes you one way or the other, pause and ask Abba about it.

My prayer is for it to sink in. Abba, You are a multifaceted God and you have also made us in your image. There are many facets of truth here. Show us where and how you want each one of us to engage with you. Thank you for the invitation to know ourselves better. Thank you that this will also help us to know you better. May each person who reads this come away with the specific blessing they need for today. Amen

A Litany of the Person

– Anonymous Trappist Monk


image of God

born of God’s breath

vessel of divine Love

after his likeness

dwelling of God

capacity for the infinite

eternally known

chosen of God

home of the Infinite Majesty

abiding in the Son

called from eternity

life in the Lord

temple of the Holy Spirit

branch of Christ

receptacle of the Most High

wellspring of Living Water

heir of the kingdom

the glory of God

abode of the Trinity.

God sings this litany

eternally in his Word.

This is who you are.

Source: (from the Abbey of Gethsemani)

Andrea (Madden) Van Boven : I like to think I am a radical lover of Jesus, but I live in a house and pay bills and look like I fit in with respectable society, like most people. What goes on in my head and heart are hopefully the things that betray the look of "normal" that comes at first glance. I hope those things inside of me seep out to actions as well as words of hope and encouragement. I pray that these in turn will lead others to know the loving creator who knows us so intimately that he has a number for every hair on every head.

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2 thoughts on “A Litany Of The Person

  1. Wow! I suggest reading this slowly. Pause and breathe in. I am going to print this out and have it in my bible and journal and prayer time. Thank you Andrea!