Prayer for Busy People

Prayer for Busy People

‘Tis the Season for WOW!  The magical season, not only for children, but for all those pure of heart.  It’s a religious celebration that is skewed with commercial demands, pulling us sometimes “apart at the seams.”

Last year I shared a book that my dear friend, Jackie, who I befriended in sixth grade, recommended to me that helps put a “workable” approach to prayer especially during the times of our feeling “overwhelmed”.

Author, Anne Lamott gives us the “Cliff notes” of prayer, during this busy season, when words fail us or we are pressed for time. In her book, “Help, Thanks, Wow”, the author discusses these three essential prayers.

The first prayer is merely “Help”…help those who are suffering.  “Help” those in need”.  “Help” our country. “Help” me get through these days without a family drama!  Simply pray, “Help”. (You know how to fill in the blanks!)

The second prayer, “Thanks”, should be an easy one.  Especially after we have counted so many blessings at Thanksgiving.  “Thanks” for getting me through that interview.  “Thanks” for my healthy child”. “Thanks” that I didn’t get a speeding ticket. A pattern of gratefulness builds happiness.

The final prayer, “Wow” takes your breath away.  It’s the innocence in us that is breathless in the face of wonder.  “Wow” is seeing the vastness of the ocean for the very first time.  We are at a loss of words taking in the beauty of the Grand Canyon.  “Wow” look at those wildflowers along the path.  “Wow” look at Shamu!  “Wow” look at that sunset!  “Wow” expresses the “awe” that we live in, that we sometimes take for granted.

So during this season of “Wow”, take these simple everyday prayers and make them your HABIT!

Merry WOW Christmas! And Happy Hanukkah!

 

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10 Comments

  1. Patty–
    Help/Thanks/Wow is my favorite. Keep up the good work!

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    • Hi Carol. WOW is my favorite also. Thanks for your kind words of support. Sending you and your wonderful family Christmas blessings.

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  2. Just WOW I REALLY NEEDED TO HEAR THIS AT THIS TIME!

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    • Hi Cindy, WOW is my favorite and easy to remember! Glad you liked the post and thanks for the comment. Have a blessed Christmas season. THANKS

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  3. LOL It’s like you read my mind, Thank you for sharing!!

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    • Hi Christina, Great to hear from you and glad we are on the same page. Enjoy a peaceful and blessed Christmas. WOW! Love to you and Steve.

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  4. Thank you for this, Patty! We have our five children and their families arriving today and tomorrow – a total of 25 – and I lay awake a long time last night, worrying about all the details. This prayer reminder is the perfect thing, and I have so many reasons to be thankful! I’m sure this family Christmas will be full of Wow’s! Merry Christmas to you!

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    • Hi Betty Ann,
      Sounds like you have a wonderful Christmas holiday coming your way filled with family, love, and joy…maybe not so much peace with 25!!! Keep counting your blessings and don’t forget the short prayers…help, thanks…wow! Blessings to you and your family.

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  5. Hi Patty – loved the message today and really needed it! See you soon!

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    • Hi Carey, Thanks for taking the time to write to me! Hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas with your special family. Keep that short prayer handy…Help, Thanks, Wow! Merry Christmas

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