Prayer: Talking but not Listening

Lightening in Lanikai by John Endicott

Good Day, God!

Oh BOY! The electrical storms we had last week were spectacular! It made me remember lightening storms at my grandfather’s family cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains in California where the lightening was practically in our laps!

But, I’ve seen nothing but sheet lightening in Hawaii for many years. I’d forgotten how lightening bolts really get our attention, God. It’s no wonder folks thought You were the one tossing them down from Heaven. You DO have ways of getting our attention!

Just this afternoon, I was wondering if You wanted my attention. I was kind of hoping You didn’t. I guess I shouldn’t confess that, God. But, hey! No secrets from YOU!

It’s just that I am very comfortable now. I’m feeling VERY Fortunate, Very Content. Somehow the idea of “hearing from You” is deeply unsettling. It makes me appreciate Abraham who set out on a journey to a place he didn’t know — because You told him to go.

Peace Pilgrim 1980 Hawaii

Funny! I just thought of Peace Pilgrim. This was a woman who walked all over America wearing the words Peace Pilgrim on her jacket or tunic. And she started this in 1953 when the cold war was at it’s worst.

As a pacifist, vegetarian, and peace activist, she walked for 28 years. She stopped counting in 1963 when she hit 25,000 miles. Amazing! And I think quite admirable.

Actually, since we now think peace is possible — unlike the 1950’s when some were pressuring President Eisenhower to do a “preventive” first strike on the U.S.S.R. — we probably don’t grasp how much fortitude it took for her to do this.

Yes, I guess it is people like her who make me worry about hearing You. I feel like a kid in school who doesn’t know the answer and doesn’t want to be called on so she doesn’t look at the teacher. That’s ME!

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