Our Oldest and Best Friend

I am not a very good swimmer. I can tread water and do a sloppy butterfly stroke. The reality is that I never really spent enough time and focus to learn to swim with ease.

Some folks have a similar relationship with prayer.  They can say the Lord’s Prayer, especially in a group, and they can mumble a few words of thanks. But they have not, yet, learned to pray with ease.

Part of the reason, I think, is that they are afraid of prayer.

I understand that. I am much less afraid of the water than I used to be, but I am still not entirely comfortable in it. I was in my 40s before I decided to get over that fear, and I am still working on it.

For many, prayer requires fancy language–with which they feel uncomfortable. For most, it involves talking–and since it is often difficult or unpleasant stuff we need to talk about, we avoid it.

But prayer is first and foremost about spending time with God. We don’t have to say a word (and that can be uncomfortable, too). And if we do speak, it is good to speak with God the same way we talk to our friends.

God is, after all, our oldest and best friend. Make a little time for God today.

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