Extraordinary Moments / Ordinary Lives

better-than-nice-and-other-unconventional-prayersAfter 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
with dignity
and élan
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
life-giving courage
of people
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
to live

amen.

Frederick Ohler, Better Than Nice and Other Unconventional Prayers, Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989, 45.

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