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  • Think carefully about this,
    the birds of the air
    don't plant crops or harvest,
    yet God provides for them.

    If God loves them and cares for them
    won't he do the same for you?

    Think carefully about this,
    the grass and the flowers,
    is there anything more beautiful?

    If God loves them and cares for them
    won't he do the same for you?

    You are God's beloved creation,
    far above the grass and the flowers and the birds.

    Seek out the kingdom of God first,
    and all of the other things you need
    will be provided for you.

    Matthew 6:26-34

    I'm one of those fortunate people who wake up in a state of near limbo. The alarm goes off, I pray, and somewhere in the middle of praying I start to remember who I am and what I have to do today. I admit it, prayer is so much of a habit these days I immediately begin when I awake. And I start every morning prayer the same. "Lord, thank you for giving me another day."

    As I pray, I remember the things I have to do. Or God reminds me. Do the morning chores, start the coffee, make breakfast, read my Bible, write in my journal. It's Tuesday, gather the trash for pickup tomorrow, remind the poets in the Poet's Haven this week's challenge on Anaphora ends tonight, check my email, read the many stories and poems on Cowbird, respond to one or two, post a story and maybe later a poem.

    "So where is God in all this?" you ask. Why, in all of it, of course. Perhaps for you this seems like habit, but it does me no harm to believe all the things in my life, all the actions of my day, are done in the pursuit of his kingdom. When things happen to me that I wasn't expecting, I pray for understanding, and when I think about it, I usually do understand. When things happen I did expect, I pray for guidance or I pray thanksgiving.

    During the day, I talk to people and pray for their concerns, for people they know who need prayers; people who are without work, people who are without homes, people facing a crisis in their lives, people who are dying. Those prayers always ask for the same things; understanding, peace, and acceptance. Actually they are one and the same.

    When the day is over, just before I go to sleep, I pray again. It's a short prayer. "Thank you for the day, Lord. If it's your will, may I have another?"

    In the first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds the people to "Pray without ceasing." Seems to work for me.

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