She is the author of several books -both fiction and non-fiction and manages to find a way of communicating that helps me in my spiritual journey and how to relate it to my daily life.
In the little book I’ve noted, she tells the reader that simplicity in prayer contributes to her prayer life.
As I reflected on her writing I remembered reading a similar thought – that one of the best prayers possible was just “Thank you, Amen.”
So - to her new little book.
Like the Psalmist who trusts God enough to say, “I’m up to my ears in sand dunes and I haven’t seen you yet!”,Lamott believes that trust in God gives us room, when the world around us is at its worst, that we can whisper, ask, scream for help, “…prayer is our sometimes real selves trying to communicate with the Real, with Truth, with the Light. It is us reaching out to be heard, hoping to be found by a light and warmth in the world.” So our prayer, simple as it could be is “help!”
To give you an idea of her writing style and insight here is a quote from the chapter on Thanks:
“Thanks is the short form of the original prayer I used to say in gratitude for any unexpected grace in my life,
“As I grew spiritually, the prayer became the more formal “Thank You,” and now from the wrinkly peaks of maturity, it is simply “Thanks.”
For her the blessing of gratitude leads her to a sense of joy that must be shared with others. Part of it, for me, is just looking around and being aware of the blessings I have received: blue sky or rainy days; people who I know who are good to and for me; doctors who have helped me with their knowledge and sense of
humor; my family who is willing to accept me pretty much for who I am; so many folks who have and still pray for me; friendships that go back forty years and more; and mentors who trusted me and taught me so much. “Thanks” is a pretty good prayer for me.
I thought about this prayer as I worked on my sermon for last Sunday – the Epiphany – and what the Magi experienced and through them what we saw: God came down to be with us, you and me, in the birth and life of Jesus. Wow, God loves us so much that God became one of us in a world that was as rough and tumble,
difficult as the world we live in today.
So, with Anne Lamott – along with longer prayers, formal and informal, I will turn to the simplicity of Help Thanks and Wow for the relationship that God has given me and do my best to stay in touch.