I HAVE NEVER been much on pat answers. For as long as I can remember, I have prayed — sometimes with blind faith and great confidence and sometimes with a mere sliver of hope. At times my faith in prayer would come crumbling down like a house of cards, and my doubts would spiral out of control. I hope that the old adage “Doubt is the cutting edge of faith” is true, because those times of deepest doubt have nearly always wrestled me into greater groundedness.
The searching and questioning have unsettled the soil of my soul, sort of like the springtime process of unsettling the serenity of the garden. I grab a hoe and loosen the dirt so sun and rain can probe to the roots below. Sometimes, faced with the need to till my “prayer garden,” all I can say is that I’m willing to “pick up the hoe”—just willing to begin.
– Linda Douty
Praying in the Messiness of Life
From pages 20-21 of Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God by Linda Douty. Copyright © 2011 by Linda Douty. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe experiences that move you to a greater sense of groundedness. Share your thoughts.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
Luke 24:31, NRSV
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