Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord

(pertaining to today’s first reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8)

When I pray on Sunday mornings, I try to give God a Sabbath from all of my usual asking and pleading. Instead, I resolved years ago that on Sundays, I’d limit my prayers to praise and thanksgiving. After all, Eucharist means thanksgiving. And besides, God gets an earful of what I want and need from Monday through Saturday.

Each Sunday has become an opportunity to count my blessings. I’m regularly surprised how hard this is – not that I haven’t been blessed. I’ve got a terrific family, loyal friends, work I love, and enough money to cover the bills. I like my apartment, my pastor’s a neat guy, my health is good, and on many days, the sun is shining. So why don’t my Sunday prayers last as long as my other ones?

We don’t count blessings as often as we tabulate the curses of living. While I manage to compose a paragraph of thank-yous weekly, every day I produce mountains of laments, complaints, and demands. Maybe if I didn’t spend only one day a week listing blessings, I’d be better at it. (Alice Camille)

How much of your prayer is that of petition, and how much is devoted to praise or thanks?

 

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