The Prayers of Our Lives

It is a prayer of faith when someone struggling with depression continues to face each painful day by clinging to God even in their desert night.
The act of hope of parents who lose children and risk loving again is prayer given flesh.
The breadwinner who quietly quits their job rather than go along with corruption is a light on the path to the Kingdom of God.
Couples that struggle to forgive and rebuild relationships that have crumbled under human failure are living prayers of love.
The many sitting vigils at the foot of a suffering loved one write bright prayers across a winter sky of faith that does not have to see.
And when a rough hewn, weary farmer speaks softly of a moment when twilight mists in freshly mown fields fill his heart with awe, I see that, for that moment, creation and creator have become as one.
Perhaps the purest prayer of all is when an autumn breeze swirls golden leaves like sudden showers and a tiny toddler spontaneously and joyfully applauds. Then the praise of angels has touched us here on earth.
Prayers have flesh and bone and walk among us every day. There are myriad ways to pray.

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About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of four. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Was married for 60 years to an Architect in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on December 1, 2018, in a Jesus kind of love, hope, Love, marriage, Moments of Wonder, Prayer, spirituality, Suffering and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Beautiful , Eileen. I especially love this line “Prayers have flesh and bone and walk among us every day. There are myriad ways to pray.”

  2. Oh my sweet God! This is so wonderful. All of it full of overwhelming love.
    And writing talent.
    I especially appreciated, “The many sitting vigils at the foot of a suffering loved one write bright prayers across a winter sky of faith that does not have to see.”
    When God directs us, we need to pay attention.

  3. Thank you for this, Eileen. Perfect for this time of year.

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