Blessings are the spiritual equivalent of breathing in, and prayer is the spiritual equivalent of breathing out.
- Monsignor Tom Hartman and Rabbi Marc Gellman
We’re in the midst of not knowing which school one of our children will attend this fall. What’s more, none of the options we’re being given is what I’d call good. It’s more than a bit nerve-wracking.
I’m old enough to have learned (the hard way) that my first-choice solutions are not always the best ones. My desires are based on what I know, and there’s an awful lot I don’t know and can’t see. So rather than plead to get what I want, I've learned (the hard way) to pray for clarity and discernment.
Jesus, help me accept this uncertainty as the cross you’ve asked me to bear today.
Lord, let me see what I need to see, even if I don’t want to see it.
Father, make it clear what I’m not supposed to do.
And finally, You are with me in all things, even the hard ones. Whatever happens, help me be faithful.
Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.