HELP THANKS WOW
Ann Lamott is a well-known author who began as a fiction writer but is now more well-known for her nonfiction which can best be described as irreverent spirituality. Last year she published “Help Thanks Wow” describing these as the three essential prayers. To quote Lamott herself, ” I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe that there’s something to be said about keeping prayer simple. Help. Thanks. Wow. “ She goes on to say that “prayer is communication from our heart to the great mystery.”
Just think about it. You offer the single word up to a Higher Power.
You see a tree with brilliant red foliage …WOW
Your child / grandchild makes an amazing hit in baseball… WOW
Driving in the neighborhood you see a doe standing tall , her long neck extended gracefully, her ears twitching, her eyes watchful. Behind her two yearlings standing like their mother… the doe especially is so beautiful…. WOW
You get a clean bill-of- health from the doctor… THANKS
You trip but don’t fall… THANKS
Your little book with the number of every land and cell line you’ll ever need goes missing, but then reappears…THANKS
And every WOW deserves a THANKS
But HELP. I wasn’t sure that single word would ever be enough, but then it was.
The morning after the Newtown tragedy, I went out in the halls of my building to walk as I do when time or weather prohibit an outdoor walk. For a while now it has been my practice to go through my prayer list as I walk. But that morning I couldn’t think of where to begin , what to say in the face of such horror. Then I recalled Lamott ‘s book. I just kept saying that single word “HELP” over and over and over as I walked. Tears still flowed but mind quieted and heart comforted… THANKS
It really is that simple: HELP THANKS WOW
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