Processing with God: Narrative Lectionary, Liturgy, Prayers
Prayer at the Grocery Checkout
**Grocery prices have gone from–I’m worried To Good Lord**
God, How many prayers do you get at the grocery checkout Line?
I remember how many I gave to you when we scanned the credit cards that one of them would not bounce
Two kids, then three, in the card Aware that people around me were thinking judgmental things
Or back when WIC coupons were paper Ostentious, Obvious Burdensome and Slow And I prayed I picked all the right items So I wouldn’t hold up the people behind me While the babies fussed
And everyone judged how many cookies and healthy and whatever expensive foods I bought that week.
These days my prayers, I admit, are less desperate, But I pray a little prayer because every single week the grocery bill goes up
And I feel the panic in my gut the awareness of days past (PTSD, yes?) when I would gather up the kids cereal and yogurt and milk Putting every drop back when they finished Loathe to waste a drop, because we could not afford it
Jesus You and the Widow know that you can’t budget your way out of poverty Only money can help
God, I’m saying a prayer For all of us who are stressed Or holding our breath Or trying not to cry in the checkout line
“Feed my Sheep” You said
“Feed my Sheep” is our prayer in the checkout line. Feed us, we pray. Amen.
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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.
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