Daily Step – I meant to offer a prayer but instead…


This morning I lay in bed for a few extra minutes to offer a prayer.

But instead of a prayer, God got a list.

My “insane worries” list, in fact.

It included big things like the failing Texas power grid… and little things like the challenging summer school carpool line I navigated yesterday. It went on and on.

I mean I meant to offer a prayer, but instead… 

I guess I offered myself. Exactly as I am.

I offered the list in no particular order, one after another, and then when I was done I believe I forgot to even say Amen as I reached over to silence my alarm and put my feet on the ground. 

I think I intended more from that prayer. In fact, I know I did.

But that’s all I had to offer. And you know what, I think it might’ve helped a bit. Because I did put my feet on the ground, and I started moving forward.

Sometimes all you need to get to where you can believe the light is everything is to make a list (with no checkboxes!) and offer it to God.

So what will your list include today?

“I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing— that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I do.” – Mary Oliver

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