In those times when we find it difficult to pray, God is still with us

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pray as you can, not as you can’t
For Elizabeth Nordquist, prayer is what she calls an “organic practice.”  As a pastor and spiritual director, she teaches people to pray, and she lives a life of prayer herself. But at present, she is undergoing a time of intense bodily pain and treatment that is making prayer difficult.  “I have been stopped short by my body,” she writes, “and my mind and spirit have come tumbling after.”  She goes on to write, “Between my physical discomfort and my medicinal medical haze, I can’t sustain and practice prayer the ways with which I am familiar. But I so want to keep connected with the Holy One, the Mystery We Call God!”  So how is she solving her dilemma? Read the simple practices she is following.  I think you’ll find guidance and inspiration for your own praying.  I know I have. She also draws on a book by Jean Gil that shows how we can let go of the “oughts and shoulds of prayer” and just rest in God’s loving presence. This post  is from Elizabeth’s A Musing Amma blog on Patheos.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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