After my confession as a spiritual ‘plodder’ just a few days back, I came across this prayer from Frederick Ohler. It’s from a book of prayers I’ve had on my shelf for years and one I often return to. Again, he says what I feel.
Extraordinary Moments / Ordinary Lives
Thank you God
for powerless people in broad daylight facing tanks
and nothing much more …
for the magnitude of beauty
emanating from those once-in-a-lifetime moments
when the impossible is done with panache …
for those bright burning meteoric moments
in lives (even ours)–
moments of flair and surprise
when a meek man finds sudden courage
a fearful woman bursts forth in an aria
and a shooting star lights the sky.
And thank You, God
for the other side of life …
the patient dependable homely
we can and have and will depend on
who live for more than the moment
whose goodness grows like a tree (slow steady rooted)
in season and out
who have weathered, promises-kept beauty of many days.
We owe them our very lives;
we owe You our thanks for them;
we owe ourselves no less.
Whether by sudden heroism
or solid integrity
grant us the courage and the patience
Frederick Ohler, Better Than Nice and Other Unconventional Prayers, Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989, 45.