Please give Mommy a grateful day.

This was the prayer of a five-year-old when her mommy and I invited her to join our prayer time recently.

A grateful day …

The words stood out … I’ve never really thought about making them a prayer focus. After years and years of ministry and working with kids, I’ve been conditioned by the prayer, “Lord, give us a good day.” “Help this be a great day.” It seems to be the starter prayer of kids and for those of us just venturing into the experience of prayer.

I pray the same things often and cringe a little at myself, feeling a bit self serving … but what I think any of us really means is, “Lord, let this be a day in which we see YOUR greatness.”

Of course, I’m also thinking that a great day equals a day of blessings and good stuff … but I’m learning, even when there are not the blessings, God’s greatness is not divorced from us. Some of His greatest works started from voids, darkness, and dust.

I think my five-year-old friend got to the heart of what I really want to be praying …

Lord, give me a grateful day … whatever comes, let me be grateful. Especially in this season … a season where my heart is heavy because of situations I cannot fix … choices which precious ones are making that though enticing for a slice of time, will bloom ugly, thorny, and deeply damaged … a season where loved ones are drawing away from You and from me.
But Lord, in the sadness, let me choose a grateful day …
Grateful that You are not done …
Grateful that You author stories that may look like tragedies but really are just chapters of great, redemptive works …
Grateful that Your love is stronger than mine …
Grateful that Your love can reach where mine cannot …
Grateful that You have ways beyond what I can see, know, and understand …
Grateful that You uncover beauty out of darkness …
Grateful that You give hope and 100th chances …
Grateful that I can trust You.
Always.

Writing has been a bit on hold this year … so far it’s been a year for prayer, for listening, and for adapting to a very busy, very fun job (town librarian). For those following the stories of my mom and the world of dementia that we’ve entered into, she is doing relatively well, especially compared to last year. I hope for some updates soon.

Others of you follow for updates on our new life in the country and our hopes to start growing blueberries. We’re slowly working on that, and I’m hoping on more updates in that direction soon, as well.

And finally, others follow to keep up with Mike and his health. He is doing well and loving his job at an area high school. Recent doctor visits showed that everything remains stable and that God is indeed a miraculous healer.

Sometimes, the best writing comes from seasons of inner quiet … we’ll see what’s on the horizon. Thanks for checking in!

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