July 13, 2013

Reflections: God answers our prayers, but in ways we can't begin to envision

By Merle Steva

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REFLECTIONS is a column written by members of Maine's faith-based community. Opinions expressed in the column reflect the author's view and not necessarily that of the newspaper.

In spite of the stinginess of my conviction, I believe God is busy in my life. Still, it's a strange kind of busyness...and seems to happen while my back is turned. Nowhere can I put my finger down and say, "There God was busy on my behalf." What I do know, however, is that the pain and joy, the doubts and certainties, the failures and successes of the years have entwined in such a manner as not to disappoint. It could have been otherwise. For multitudes it is and has been otherwise. It is for this reason that I refuse to wax dogmatic about prayer. That other people's experience with prayer is different than mine, bringing them to a different place, is nothing I can explain.

What I think is that life engenders thanksgiving for both the mystery of what is given and what is enigmatically withheld from us. I am not blind to the fact that insecurity seems the default condition for all planetary life. Though I am not privy to God's ways with us, I shall live as if God takes note of our doings. Committing to God what I am and will be, I bow to the fact that the world is what it is. It may not always seem a safe world; however, it is I believe the best kind of world for becoming!

"So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks the door will be opened."

The Rev. Merle G. Steva is minister of visitation at the First Parish Church in Saco.


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