A few months back, I was asked to review one module of a religion curriculum that is in the process of being written. Included in the module was the following list of types of prayer:
Blessing: Recognition of God’s gifts and our joy in receiving them
Petitions: Prayers for self
Intercessions: Prayers for others
Prayers of Thanksgiving: Expressions of gratitude
Prayers of Praise: Prayer calling out God’s goodness for its own sake
Throughout the school week, we engage in all five types of prayer with students and teachers.
I have a few small notebooks filled with blessings, collected over the years. The blessing that has resonated with me most in in the past two months is:
May the longtime sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the sweet light within you,
Guide you on your way.