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

Cocktail Hour
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
Happy Thursday!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Life begins at conception, my child. Let us pray for the souls of the murdered unborn and their murderers.--Cardinal Spellman

Dave said...

I always heard to life begins at 40. One more year to go, Michelle!

Anonymous said...

Pray for a piece!--Al Goldstein

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like we pray much the same, but I don't know if can agree, at least in my life, that the answered ones cause more tears than the unanswered ones.

Anonymous said...

I was looking for something more centrally located!--Ann L. Lingus

Anonymous said...

Move on back to squares!--Yes

Anonymous said...

Semester's almost over!--Twitter's Raucous Ride

jodi said...

Michelle-Garth Brooks said, "some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers." However when I really need spiritual help I call on my Mom, a devout Catholic and request that she take a few laps around the rosary. And possibly light a candle and say a few novenas. Seriously tho, prayer-for whatever reason-helps. xoxo

Anonymous said...

My prayers have been answered! I've made the winning bid on the Ernie Harwell signed photo of Comerica Park in the Ted Lindsay silent auction at Krogers!!!!! Oh, God rest your soul, Ernie!!!! The photo will proudly hang in the rectory lobby of Our Lady of Good Hope parish in Detroit!!! Thank you,Jesus!!!!!--Archbishop Adam Midol, Cardinal of Detroit(Ret.)

Lana Gramlich said...

Sorry for my recent absence. Nothing but problems with my brand new, WinBLOWS 7 computer. :( I'll be back when I'm more functional...I promise.

Anonymous said...

You should read Martin Zender's book "Intelligent Prayer."

Look at 1 Kings 18. Eliah with Baal's prophets/ Does God listen to Baal's prophets because they are with 450? No; he listens to Eliah. National Prayers are intimidation of God.

gr.

Anonymous said...

You should read Martin Zender's book "Intelligent Prayer."

Look at 1 Kings 18. Eliah with Baal's prophets/ Does God listen to Baal's prophets because they are with 450? No; he listens to Eliah. National Prayers are intimidation of God.

gr.