I pray all the time. Sometimes, it’s a superficial, “Dear God, don’t let me be late this morning. I have an important meeting to get to first thing.” while other times, it’s a prayer for the injured and their families when an ambulance or fire engine pass by. Mostly though, I just say a prayer of thanks before bed. For another day on this earth, another moment with my beautiful family, another opportunity to bask in the sunshine, hear children’s laughter, snuggle in a perfectly worn tee-shirt, or sneak a wet kiss from Lola.
Recently though, I started writing down my prayers. In fact, I write down every fear, concern, or worry that I have as a letter to God and then I fold it up and tuck it away in a box for safe keeping. I got the idea after reading about the Western Wall in Jerusalem. There’s a centuries old Jewish tradition where people of all faiths place their prayers on the wall for God to read. I like this idea because it makes me more purposeful in my prayer request and it allows me to “Let go and let God” a saying my mom is constantly reminding me to practice because I have a tendency to dwell on things out of my control for a little too long.
So far, it’s been a really useful tool and a practice I hope to maintain. Besides, it sure would be fun to look back through my box and discover all of the prayers that God has answered for little ole’ me over the years.