It happened again.
The preparation is long and my temper is short.
There are still so many prayers and bulletins and sermons and liturgies and (WHAT?!) newsletter articles to write.
And words are important and you know how I love doing things well.
And every year I promise I won’t make a scene of it all.
I will plan ahead.
I will not get nasty about it.
I will be organized.
So I can be patient.
And loving and generous and kind.
And certainly not a freaking out, stressed out, yelling at my kid, forgot to do this, didn’t bring that, cursing at the copier again mess.
Well, you know how that goes.
(You probably love it.)
So help me stop.
Move away from the busyiness.
Let go of the details.
Release me from my need for control and success.
And help me to make (not find) space to be with you.
To sit in your story.
To listen for your power.
To receive your passion.
To touch your power.
To wait for your movement.
To follow your song.
To place myself in your truth.
Then I’ll go back to drafting, printing, folding, arranging, and preparing
To help others make that space, too.
Help me remember-
What a joy.
What a blessing.
Thank you.


The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO and is a contributor to the RevGals book.

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