Dear Friend,

If I understand it correctly, at a bare minimum, my job is to pray.

I have to pray for those I love, those I know tenderly,

the names I call out in worship: the ones whose health and joy are mine to hold.

I have also to pray for those I do not love. Those who cut me off in traffic, who tailgate

(while my snarky profane side is not quite there…I’m working on it)

the ones who have hurt people I love

Those who have behaved awfully badly.

Earlier this summer, a Famous Christian Writer proposed that she needed to pray

for a certain political candidate whom she did not admire.

And I thought, “that’s how I get through this.”

So I pray for that candidate each day, and for the rival, and for other candidates,

and also for those who currently govern.

Some days some of those prayers taste bad in my mouth.

Some days I want to pray, “Well, bless their hearts!”

(where I grew up, that means something else.)

Every day I approach You and try.

Thanks for helping me to be willing to try.

Amen.

Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.

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