By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More, more.” I have God’s more-than-enough: more joy in one ordinary day than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together. —Psalm 4:6–8
Did you read the psalm above? Read it again. I’ll wait. Right: do you resonate with this? Have you ever considered rejecting the culture of more? I hardly need to describe it: your boss wanting one more task completed by week’s end, your spouse urging one more thing, your kid literally saying, “me, me, me.” I ask the same question as the Psalmist: why is everyone hungry for more? And then, I realize this Psalm is at least 2400 years old, if not older: haven’t we figured out a different way yet?
What practices can help unmoor us from “More”? In this case, maybe we turn toward the children in our lives: This weekend, after a time of Praying In Color (doodling to God as we quietly pray for those near and dear to us) an elementary schooler said, “I feel calm, now.” Another said, “I am grateful for gratitude.” How can we root our lives in God’s “more-than-enough”? “Be grateful for gratitude this week”, it just might bring you more joy in one ordinary day than in all our shopping sprees ever. (How? Try writing down 5 things you’re grateful for every night before bed for 3 days in a row.)
Activity: Praying in Color
- You want to pray but words escape you.
- Sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge.
- Your body wants to be part of your prayer.
- You want to just hang out with God but don’t know how.
- Listening to God feels like an impossible task.
- Your mind wanders and your body complains.
- You want a visual, concrete way to pray.
- You need a new way to pray.