Daily Prayer 365

Day 306
Monday, July 3, 2023


I am the Lord your God, who grasps your strong hand, who says to you, Don’t fear; I will help you. —Isaiah 41:13

I am also deeply aware of my need to set my internal editor aside when I go to church and to realize that I am there for reasons that transcend language altogether. To take the hand of a friend, and let my own hand be taken. To lift our voices in prayer and song (even our feeble, out-of-tune voices, even a song with lyrics that are laughably bad) so that we might worship God together. If God hears us at all, it is despite our inadequate language, our artistic pretensions, and our best intentions. Fortunately for all of us, God’s ear is attuned to the silent language of the heart, the stark syntax of human need. —Kathleen Norris, Christian Century, March 18, 1998

Attune your ear to me, O God. Listen. Hold me. Let the silent language of my inner self be understood and carried to your divine ear, to the place of sacred understanding. Let me—in all my inadequate ways—lift my prayers to you, O God. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

July 3, 2023

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