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July 07 • I Prayed

Day 363

Yesterday, I found myself at a family meal where it would have been routine to defer the prayer of thanksgiving to my minister father. Instead, I prayed with an ease that I haven't experienced in a 'public' or out-loud prayer in a very long time. I didn't even realize how comfortable it had been until the amen. I did not take any particular significance from this, except the unexpected pleasure and absence of awkwardness.

There is a line in today's entry from the meditation book I regularly read:

"Once we open ourselves to our Higher Power, we can get comfortable with our own way of praying."*

When I read this, I immediately remembered that moment from an otherwise routine moment in life and wondered whether it might have been a milestone.


*Anonymous. Answers in the Heart: Daily Meditations For Men And Women Recovering From Sex Addiction (Hazelden Meditations Book 1). Hazelden Publishing. Kindle Edition.


Now as I journey on, think back on the day

I am convinced within, these folks have found the way

To put their hearts in song, just pray an earnest prayer

And leave the doorbells ringin' down on the public square

–Flatt & Scruggs, ”Preachin' Prayin' Singin'"



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