Prayers for a Whole Life : Day 34

a prayer when things go wrong

it happens.
the stitches twist.
the thread tangles.
the paint spills.
the glue never dries.
the friendship falters.
the family sulks.
the clouds burst.

teach me not to give up.
teach me to take a new look
at the materials I’m working with:
yarn, paste, color,
relationship,
love–
help me
not to assume the work
must be discarded.
teach me to look for ways to try again.
encourage me to risk,
especially when
stumbling seems
the only way forward.
give me vision
to see possibility
beyond mistake,
and delight
beyond dismay.
guide me as I learn
to practice
(even in my smallish ways)
the reality of redemption.

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