For those who are out of words for praying-
Those who stare off into the middle distance, too tired for sentences or sense.
Those whose grief is too deep for anything but sobs and deafening silence.
Those who have poured out for others with very little available to fill themselves.
Those who have deconstructed lies they were told and are gently holding the hope of mystery.
Those who are looking at the anniversaries of atrocities and know that some lying lips say, “Never again.”
Those who pray by putting on foot in front of the other and that is enough.
Those with spirits aching for a dinner party, a vacation, a relaxed perusal of a store or a market.
Those with hurt so deep it can only be expressed as anger.
Those with aging pets, struggling family members, as yet undisclosed symptoms of pain or illness.
Those with loved ones visited through windows, doors, or only in their hearts.
Those who just want to sing.
Lord, have mercy.
The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.
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