Friday, April 21, 2006

Terrible Prayers

'I have always been terrible at praying
I forget
My mind wanders
I fall asleep
I don't pray enough
I don't undersatnd what prayer is
Or what prayer does.

If prayer were school...
I would flunk praying

But prayer isn't school
It is mystery

Maybe the mystery is...
Jesus loves terrible prayers
When I can't think of anything to say, he says what I can't say
When I talk too much, he chersihes my too many words
When I fall asleep, he holds me in his lap and caresses my weary soul
When I am overwhelmed with guilt at my inconsistent, inadequate praying
He whispers, "Your name is always on my lips"

I am filled with gratitude, my soul overflows with thankfulness and I...
I...find myself saying over and over again, "thank you"
Praying the mystery

(Mike Yaconelli).........god i miss him...


samtzmom said...

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
Meister Eckhart

Sometimes we just have to "be" and know that it's enough... we are always heard.

Alexia said...

thanks for your comments! You have a lovely, thoughtful blog.
Mike is sadly missed by so many.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

thanks alexia...many a time i have wished for his earthy and yet divine councel