I have had a very stressful couple of weeks. I kept putting my concerns down at His feet, and finding a little later that they were back on my shoulders.
When I tried to work on my prayer pieces, I just couldn’t concentrate on my prayer. So I’d put the work down until I could “do it properly”.
After several days of this I decided that wasn’t the answer. I decided to work on the pieces anyway. And I realized some things.
I don’t think of myself as a perfectionist. I like things done well, but they don’t have to be perfect. How good is good enough? It depends on what the purpose is. But shouldn’t a prayer offering, a reaching out to my brothers and sisters, and to God, be as nearly perfect as possible? I think the answer is yes, as long as I remember the “as possible.” And as long as I remember that it’s better to do something than to do nothing.
This doesn’t mean that I should just be blowing through the handwork with just a lick and a promise to the prayer. But I think it does mean that if I really am trying to lift up someone in prayer, that intentionality, the love and concern in my heart, are enough. God’s grace for me and for them is what truly makes the difference.
Lumen Christi, a photo by Eustaquio Santimano on Flickr.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9