Tuesday, April 10, 2012

4/10/12 Tuesday Prayer

(from marketingforscientists.com)


(Prayer inspired by John 20:19-31)
Dear God:
Sitting at the local pub. Having a nice agreeable, appropriately sarcastic conversation about politics 
we agree about.  
Then, the "What do you do for a living part?" part of the conversation.  
"I'm a minister." 
Pause.  
"Really?"
Single head nod from me, then
Pause.
"You mean like a Christian minister?"
Single head nod accompanied by a "Yep" then
Pause.
"Huh."
Pause.
Turn towards me with confused look while saying:
"But you seem smart..."
Pause.
"Um..."
And another pause.
"Er..."
And another pause.

"Thank you?"
"No, seriously.  I mean that as a complement."
And the conversation continues 
as gracefully 
as a middle school dance.

Because, how do you, then talk about that blurred, overlapping line between thinking and praying?
How do you talk about miracles?
How do you talk about doubt and
Faith making you miserable and
Faith making you angry and
Faith making you face failure and
Faith making you doubt and
How do you talk about Love holding 
on 
like 
skin?
Walking through doors that you know you had shut and dead bolted and padlocked?
Inviting you to doubt it as it stands there
In front of you
Knowing you are, 
simply, 
too smart 
to believe?

Pause.

Pause.

Pause.

Amen.