The sorrows of life, the joys of praying

pencil drawing from a photo of Mother Teresa

Good Morning, God!

Thank You for the great gift of Your interest, love and attention. I am so thankful!

I have been praying with and for people at Honolulu ’11 and I have experienced Your deep interest, concern and love for each person coming for prayer. Your love feels far MORE real than the ordinary things of life.

Indeed, I feel more “real” more “alive” and more “me” when I am praying with people. I know, God, that prayer is not “magic.” Pray isn’t so much a matter of coming with “what we want” as it is coming with our broken hearts and broken dreams and handing over the pieces to You.

You take the shards of our heart and put them together with Your Grout. Sometimes it takes a long time. But, Your “grout” is more permeable to Your Love. It makes for more loving hearts.

I have often thought that Mother Teresa’s heart must have been almost ALL grout. I look at her face, God, and I see sorrow and love mixed together. There is an enormous amount of sorrow in this world, God. And some of it can be addressed with physical solutions — wells for water, gardens for food, jobs for money and meaning.

But, other sorrows come from emotional traumas, losses and pain. For those sorrows, God, it seems best to pray — listening WITH YOU — hearing people into speaking out their pain and sorrow. Prayer is — hearing with Your Heart  — speaking with them and for them, asking together for Your Help.

Thank You, God, for LONGING to help — for helping us before we ask and as we ask. Thank You so VERY MUCH!

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