Speaking to the Soul: Making Peace With The Questions

“Here are the two best prayers I know: ‘Help me, help me, help me and Thank you, thank you, thank you.’” Anne Lamott

The Book of Comic Prayer

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No, it’s not the prayer said by a comedian before going on-stage, it is a book that explores prayer through comic art written by Heather Annis, Director of Children and Youth Ministries at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Barrington, Rhode Island.

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A gift: prayer and presence

When I sit with Jesus early in the morning, I am spending time. Is not the word “spending” so interesting here? We spend time. We make time. We have time. We spend Money. We make Product. We have Gift. So I take this valuable time, like pieces of silver, and I spend some on time with Jesus.

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Breathing light and exhaling dark

Sometimes, when looking at the ceiling of the cathedral, I wonder if those slight marks are smudges left by our angel wings. I wonder what soars up there, like an upside-down water fall, as we pray together. I wonder if the tips of our wings brush the stone. I think they do.

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a poem by Roger Hutchison


I have seen so many social media posts calling for more "action" and less prayer.
“Prayer is empty”, they say.
“Prayer is safe.”
“Prayer is easy.”
“Prayer is not the answer.”
“Prayer doesn’t work.”
Jesus went to the garden to pray. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.
Jesus knew he was going to die – and he went to the garden to pray.
Friends. We must never stop praying.
I wish I could remember who told me to “Live your life as prayer.”
LIVE YOUR LIFE AS A PRAYER.
Pray in church, at table, and at your bedside.
Pray in color and with song.
Pray with your hands and with your heart.
Pray by looking into the eyes of a stranger. That stranger may even be the face looking back at you from the mirror.
Pray at sunrise. Pray at sunset.
Pray in the darkness of night and in the shining light of day.
Pray with your hands raised.
Pray with your head bowed.
Pray with your feet. Walk with someone who is alone.
Pray with your voice. Speak the Truth. Be an advocate.
Pray in silence.
Pray out LOUD.
In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.
There IS blood on the ground.
We must never stop praying.

Prayer, a poem