Why is it
that so often
when I set my mind and heart
to pray,
I am wordless?

It doesn’t come easy.
In my silent meditation,
I search for how You might be leading me
to revelation, to resolution, to renewal,
but mostly
I end up just
remembering that I need to stop at the store
to pick up milk and cat food,
thinking that I should go to the gym this afternoon,
and honestly, peppered through the wandering,
I do come back to You.
Well, kind of.
I wonder about You.
I sense your Spirit hovering,
right at the crown of my head, at the back…
Jesus pounds on the walls of my ribcage,
exhorting and cajoling
me to think, to do, to love.

Oh sweet Lord.


Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.

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