A Scattered Prayer

God, this is a prayer

For the pieces of my brain

That don’t fit

Or make sense to me right now.

You know, God, that I do not like to be confused.

And I hate when my body does things without telling me.

I feel tattered, and frayed around the edges

And my thoughts are frayed bits of something, that I still can’t catch ahold of—

In truth my thoughts still want to fly apart

And so I’m scattering a prayer, like seeds

To grow into something,

Can you please tend it?

In the in-between?

And I will try not to worry, about what is lining up, and what isn’t,

And instead just trust,

That scattered prayers are ok today.

Take them off my hearts, and hold them in the palm of your hand

And remind me

That every scattering helps and counts

Take each scattered prayer, I pray.


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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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