Turns out flowers remind me to pray.
This year since the peonies bloomed in June I’ve kept a vase of flowers in the middle of my kitchen island. They are anchored in the middle of my kitchen because they are beautiful yes but also to remind me to continue praying as I go about my day. A little talisman reminding me that even when it feels like I can do nothing and the whole world is going to shit – I am wrong. I can do something. I can pray.
These days there is basically nothing I understand about prayer except that it helps me see God and my soul tells me it isn’t ever futile. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know why miracles sometimes happen or why sometimes in spite of prayer tragedies happen.
But if I can be a little honest here where I feel a little safe, I must admit I’m growing to love it that way. My made from stardust self is growing to embrace the mystery and the uncertainty and to keep on praying anyway. I’m starting to see prayer as both an incredibly obedient and an incredibly gutsy act of faith. Thinking about the idea that we pray because we are so loved by God that we are invited to join into a incomprehensible holy act can take my breath away. Thinking about people and God outpouring love together makes me weep.
So I replaced those flowers every week and I prayed. I prayed for Syria, I prayed for our earth, I prayed for all the hurting and hungry. I prayed for my friends, their parent, their children. I prayed for my parents, my children, my husband. I prayed for myself. I lamented and I rejoiced and I said prayers of thanksgiving that we are all abundantly loved by a God of new life. I prayed that I keep being both brave and trusting enough to participate in the mystery.
Part one on flowers here