We want to DO something.
Yesterday, I went to Costco to buy my weekly staples. But when I got there, I stood for a moment and watched person after person go with an empty cart straight back to the water and place it almost robotically into the cart’s waiting embrace.
I texted my husband “Why water? Am I missing something?”
But like toilet paper, I think there is just a drive in people to do something when you feel like you can’t do anything.
I get it.
Maybe that’s why I bought my three jars of garlic/jalapeño stuffed olives. My son was a little taken aback but I really like them and they keep well…
We just want to do something. And perhaps one of the better things we can do especially when separated from community is pray. Because certainly we need a few graces this week, even if we have no idea what they are.
Therefore, this is my prayer for you, for me, for everyone already in line at Costco this morning… My favorite prayer by Thomas Merton:
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following
your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
We want to do something. So we wash our hands and fold them in prayer for all those who need it today.
Who are you praying for today?