A writer I deeply admire, Anne Lamott, wrote the most enticing book on prayer. Its title reflects what is so often in my heart, “Help, Thanks, Wow.” She names these as the three essential prayers. They are essential, and I find that this truth-telling trio is the very nature of my prayer these days.
I ask for help quite often. I simply cannot manage my life as it is all by myself. Many days, I don’t even have the words to formulate a hearty prayer. “Help” is the only word that comes, and it has to be enough. This is an emptying-of-self sort of prayer because, in the moment it’s offered, I feel pretty darn help-less, fragile or weak. “Help” works to reorient me, to re-align me with Grace. I then await its appearance.
“Thanks” is the prayer that is often in my heart when I am able to rise above my small self to see the glory of what is here, what is always here. Abundance is present and ever-flowing. Life is ripe with opportunity. Gifts are being given all the time. When my eyes are open, my heart too, “goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.” The invitation is to look at life through the eyes of my heart.
“Wow” is the result of “Thanks.” The grateful heart is an inner reservoir of awe and wonder. Simple wonders—the butterfly emerging from its cocoon, the cry of a newborn babe, the wind whistling through the reeds. Complex, mind-blowing, miraculous wonders—the cure, the windfall, the long-held dream come true. With “Thanks” we bow our head. With “Wow” comes a full body prostration, bowing down to the One who makes all things possible.
©2016, Janice L. Lundy
Excerpted from"Thank You" Is My Prayer: Reflections, Prayers and Blessings for a Grateful Heart.
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is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.