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You already know, Love,
How I sometimes kick prayer down the list
Until I have more time
Or energy
Or mental capacity
Or something.

In the moments before sleep, I mutter that
You already know everything, so amen and amen.

And sometimes I stare off into space
With the intention of focus
But my mind blanks out and when I shake myself alert,
I am pretty sure there were some deep sighs in there.

Now I am on the floor to try to relax my back.
My tense muscles are holding all the intercessions,
Confessions, and thanksgivings.
I am trying to release them.

Accept this unclenching of my jaw as an earnest petition.

The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at and She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.

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