Every day I call on you, O Lord;
I spread out my hands to you.

Psalm 88:9

Here is the prayer of someone who’s having a very hard time in life. Look to see if there is any verse that would be a sign of hope for him. . . I can’t find one, can you? So how do we take a prayer like this that seems so hopeless and find comfort and strength in it?

Here’s the secret to the comfort in this prayer. One of the wonderful gifts in life is to find a friend who accepts you just as you are with all that you are feeling–someone who doesn’t judge you. Well, the writer of this prayer has found just such a friend in God! The writer knows that he is accepted by God and that he can go to the Lord in prayer. So by the time the prayer if finished, all the pain and anguish that he was holding in his heart is now in God’s heart! That must have made him feel so much better.

And you’ll feel better too, and closer to God, if you pour yourself out in feeling-prayer as he did.

Psalm 88

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
I spread out my hands to You. v. 9
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.

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