Life can be complicated!Life has a way of creating obstacles to even the best of intentions. During periods of upheaval and change our energy and enthusiasm slowly ebbs. Laughter becomes less frequent during these times, smiling is forced, and tears trickle forth at the most inopportune moment. Maintaining a daily schedule is a huge accomplishment. Questioning our faith is not uncommon when life becomes complicated. I have been there! I greet prayer requests with my own personal caveats: " I will do what I can, but I am warning you -- God has his headphones on when I pray." Or, "Ask and ye shall receive! Just not sure He will hear, because it is me." Another one guaranteeing a laugh is, "Ask and ye shall receive! Just say it is not for me." There is always an element of truth in my replies. Other's prayers are answered, mine are not, and this child-like sense of unfairness is palpable. I felt this futility in praying yet again for the same need when approaching my church. The words would not materialize from within, my soul was empty. For the first time ever, I understood why children say, "Done." Suddenly, though, these words formed from within: "When you can't pray, just come." Sitting in the pew before Mass began, I can honestly say I was not praying, but my soul was quiet. God knew exactly how I was feeling, just as a mother knows her child feelings without a word being spoken. He understood.
Just Come!When you cannot pray, just come. Bring to Him your anger, frustration, hopes, dreams, and fears. Come and sit with Him!
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28; emphasis mine)Unlike me and my need to have the perfect home before inviting people, God's home is always ready. His table is always overflowing with food. He is not concerned with appearances for He sees us at our worst. And still loves us. Just come, sit, be still, and let Him be in charge.
Copyright 2018 Carol S. Bannon
About the Author
Carol Bannon currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband. She is a wife, mother, grandmother to seven, substitute teacher, and an active supporter of the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island (DSSRI). Carol is the author of Handshake from Heaven and Our Family’s Christmas Elf. She and her husband love to spend time boating on Cape Cod and traveling to new harbors.