Tonight, I walked down the hall, the house quiet and settled. The evening, a good one, I walked under leaves and on ground littered with beauty and returned in time to cook a good meal, to paint a bold floral.
I remembered some things I’d been thinking about and made note to be sure I made time to pray for things that will be happening tomorrow.
Stalled by my thoughts on the way to open the dresser drawer, find the warmer pajamas, I decided then, that I’d pray now.
The farthest end of the house, dark.
Unconcerned over not being alone, I knelt, my hands smoothing the creases on the thick quilted cover.
I prayed what needed to be prayed. I prayed what thoughts kept coming back, ones recalled from early and unexpected revelations and realizations from the morning. Ones I’d written down on my pages.
I prayed a prayer that said thank you for your goodness, you are good and your love endures. I told God how grateful I am, recalling sweet little images of my daughter with freckled cheeks and my son, chubby little tanned face, blonde hair bouncing as he ran.
Quiet then, I felt the shift of weight under my knees. I heard the soft sounds of steps on the carpet.
The Labrador presence in the room. I know his sound. I wait, he’ll come up close beside me, make that low grunt like a question.
Instead, he waited. I heard his sigh. He was patient, as if aware of my conversation with God not quite done yet.
He waited and I rose from beside my bed and touched the place between his ears and we walked calmly back down the hall.
And I thought then about something I read today. That people are making light of prayer, have decided we’re all foolish and fooled…those of us who are still praying.
Who will pray.
Who pray when led to pray at not set aside times and believe all the more in prayer, in God, in holy and Holy Spirit.
Because a big brown dog might enter the room and be reverent there until you’re done.
Might know to be still.
Be still and
know that He is God.
I’m linking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee and other writers on journeys of faith and happy experiences of prayerful discoveries.