“Five or six sentences or breaths into a well-intentioned prayer, I lose focus. The ungraded math papers on my desk noodle their way into my thoughts. Anxiety about my inadequate parenting joins in the conversation” (Sybil MacBeth in Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God; Paraclete Press, 2007).
Nancy and Gary Stelling pray in one of the variety of prayer disciplines they practice in their Florida home.
Imagine my surprise as an adult when a friend said: “You know, you don’t have to pray, you simply get to pray.” One simple sentence, one huge burden lifted. What joy: Prayer is not a must, but a gift; not duty, but opportunity; not law, but grace.
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