Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Monday, May 24, 2010

On a wing and a prayer

I'm thankful that I get to be a part of the "prayer team" at my church (sounds like some terrible TBN superhero show, doesn't it?) Mercifully, I don't actually have to wear a cape or brightly colored spandex:) I may like to joke about it, but truly, it is such a humbling experience. It brings me a deep joy to have the honor of being present when people drop all of their pretenses and defenses as they get down to the true essence of what is real and important in life. Vulnerability is a beautiful thing to witness and I am buoyed by each person's trust and openness as they share their deepest hurts and hopes with me. Holding hands with a stranger, who is at her core my sister, is a profound experience of a kind of love we are all meant to know, but somehow lose sight of in our busy isolated little worlds, and I can't help but be grateful to be a part of something so much larger than myself. I'm not sure where the term "on a wing and a prayer" comes from, but I have found the act of praying to be so uplifting that the wing part is starting to make sense to me more each day...


  1. What a wonderful post! It's been a long time since I have been a member of a small group like that. Perhaps its time I look for one again - its so good for the soul. Thanks for the reminder :)

  2. I didn't post that -- the wonderful Kara Holden did -- but I wish I could take credit for those beautiful words and even more beautiful act of empathy and love. Although, if it were me, I'd probably go for the spandex and cape ;)

  3. Hahah! How did that happen?? I guess you were logged into my laptop:)