Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, October 1, 2015

When (Part 2)

O God,

We use the word a lot.

We say things like

“When I was younger” or
“When I got married” or
“When we had children at home” or
“When I was in high school” or
“When I visited Mammoth Cave.”

When we use “when” like that, we are
talking about something we did in the past.

Help us learn to look back
but not to stay there.

Help us learn to
learn from the past
but not to live in it.

When we use “when” to refer to the past,
let each utterance of the word be

a prayer of thanks
for the life we have lived,

a prayer of repentance
for the sins we have committed, and

a prayer of gratitude
for the grace we have experienced.


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