Thursday, May 06, 2010
National Day Of Prayer
I've been trying to pray since I was a little girl, trying to hear the voice of God. Of course, I attributed the rodeo announcer's voice introducing bull riders down the road to His voice which seems like a pretty good start to understanding life. You hold on for as long as you can, you hope to make it out without significant injury. I went to a lot of churches (side note to parents out there -- I went to them because no one forced me and it took a lot of work and campaigning on my part -- that which you must work for, you value) which all had different takes on what about which you could and could not pray. Fortunately, I didn't take any of these dictates to heart. I prayed about everything. I figured the Almighty could tune out the drivel like a bad AM station that played a lot of Juice Newton.
I'm still working on prayer all the time. I do the begging prayers, the thankful prayers, the hopeful prayers, the prayers for others, the prayers to change myself. I do believe St. Theresa when she wrote that answered prayers cause more tears than unanswered ones. And I don't believe everyone needs to pray the same way. Miles Davis works for me, so does St. Francis. In RCIA class (adult catechism), we were asked to contribute a paragraph about why we wanted to become a Catholic for the parish newsletter. I wrote some pretentious claptrap that sounded good, but meant very little. The answer I loved was one sentence from Mark, another student in the class. He wrote that when he felt alone and sad, he thought it might be nice to have someone to listen to him pray, that Jesus would be his friend. And no matter what you believe, it's a beautiful comfort in a hard world.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden." Corrie ten Boom
Pictures as promised tomorrow from anti-abortion rally. If you read regularly, you know I'm pro-choice, but I couldn't resist taking pictures since it was quite the scene. Not for the weak of heart.
Benedictions and Maledictions