September 30, 2011
Evidently this was Eleanor Roosevelt’s favorite prayer. When you read it you can see why. Every night at the end of a long day, she would put on her old blue robe, kneel by her bed with its hard mattress and say this prayer.
Our Father, who has set a restlessness in our hearts and made us all seekers after that which we can never fully find, forbid us to be satisfied with what we make of life. Draw us from base content and set our eyes on far-off goals. Keep us at tasks too hard for us that we may be driven to thee for strength.
September 27, 2011
I had a chance to see a preview of the movie Courageous, which premieres on Friday, made by the same team that created Fireproof a couple of years ago.
This one’s about a group of Georgia cops and how they see their roles as dads. I’m not a big crier at movies, but the tears started rolling about halfway through. Maybe because Courageous showed some things you don’t usually see in movies.
September 23, 2011
Answers to prayers come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes when you’re not even aware that you’ve said that prayer. Maybe it’s something you wished for, something you held in your mind.
My wife, Carol Wallace, is a dyed-in-the-wool Anglophile and I come pretty close to it. Lately we’ve been watching the British TV series Downton Abbey, all about a British earl, his family and his American heiress wife in pre-World War I England.
September 21, 2011
Jesus said a lot about prayer and showed even more by his actions, like praying all the time, especially when he was busy. One of the most helpful lessons to me comes in a parable.
First a confession to make: I can get stuck in a mental loop of self-congratulation and it can seep into my prayer life. In some rare quiet meditative moment I’ll start comparing myself to others. An image will flash through my head, a person’s name might flit by and I’ll say, “Well, at least I’m not that bad.”
September 15, 2011
How to pray when you can’t pray? A couple of us editors were discussing this problem when someone brazenly said, “You know, I think if you’re trying to pray it is praying. To try to pray is to pray. You can’t fail.”
Perhaps prayer is the only human endeavor where trying to do it is doing it. I mean, if God is God, he’s got to hear us no matter what, even if we don’t feel like we’re praying when we are. We don’t feel all peaceful and in touch with something beyond ourselves.
September 13, 2011
Here’s a prayer from Bob Hostetler, author of some 26 books. I’m a big fan of his prayer blog.
This prayer is a good example of what we all feel like when we try to cut something we’ve written and love maybe a little too much. The phrase “kill your darlings” is attributed to William Faulkner, by the way.
Must I Kill All My Darlings?
September 8, 2011
People have asked me what I remember about being in New York in those days after the attacks on the World Trade Center.
I remember the beautiful weather and the poignant posters up all over with photos of the missing: “Have You Seen?” But mostly I remember how kind we all were to each other, the kindness that knows pain.
September 6, 2011
Lord, take me where you want me to go.
Let me meet who you want me to meet.
Tell me what you want me to say,
And keep me out of your way.
It’s not my prayer. It’s a prayer that came from the Franciscan priest Father Mychal Judge, who was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center when he was ministering to a fallen firefighter.
September 2, 2011
They say that after a parent dies, the surviving children can take on some of their parent’s characteristics.
I resisted for years becoming anything like my dad or at least acknowledging that I was anything like him because, well, because I wanted to be me, not him; but there I sat at his memorial service several months ago, telling myself, “You’ve got a lot more of your dad in you than you think.”
Rick Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts magazine and the author of 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without. To learn more about the book and explore your own prayer journey, watch this video.