The story behind Heart Prayers
Sometimes life calls for praying by the seat of our pants. Some days you wake up wondering if you will be able to utter one more prayer. I recently lived through a year of this kind of wondering. During a particularly hard year of cancer treatment for my husband I kept a book of prayers just for him and wrote a prayer or two in it every trip to the clinic—every test, every Chemotherapy and radiation treatment, meetings with Doctor—good news, no news, and bad news…little prayers trickled out of me and onto the pages of this small closely held journal. After almost a year of writing these prayers for my husband, it occurred to me that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pray for myself in the same way. I started carrying around small journal that fit in my coat pocket, and Heart Prayers began.
These prayers are simple, honest, bare, and real. They were written moment by moment—in the front seat of the car, at the bottom of the stairs before walking out the door to work, in the waiting room at the clinic, in Starbuck’s in the company of a warm white mocha or an iced passion tea. They were written in the moment of need and express as directly and fully as I could my prayer for myself at that moment. I found it was neither as awkward nor as difficult as I thought it might be to pray for myself in such an exposed way. It was instead a profound experience and one that help me to see more clearly God’s gracious presence, care and guidance.
September 2011—Seattle, WA
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