The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Pray hard and hang loose'

Whenever she was asked how she managed to raise three active daughters and maintain such a sense of calm, my mother would inevitably throw her hands high in the air and, with a smile, proclaim that every day she would "pray hard and hang loose."

I surprised myself recently when I caught myself throwing my hands way up in the air, smiling and saying I would get through a tough turn of events by praying hard and hanging loose. Oh no! Was I becoming my mother?

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