A Circle of Prayer

A circle. Of prayer.

We hold hands and lift these words.

Higher and higher they rise.

Incense rising.

We begin the praying together.

We are small in number; large in heart.

The burden is heavy.

I see it etched in every face.

Feel it resting on my shoulders.

Time to lay it down.

It slips, sliding from my shoulders, falling from their lips.

Into a messy pile in front of us, in front of Him.

It looks different there…somehow smaller.

Love covers these things over. Love has a way of making things smaller.

But I feel it more than know it…

We, each one, pick it back up as we leave that circle of prayer.

Pluck the bits we cannot leave up into our hands and furtively tuck them back into our hearts.

But it is a beginning. A good place to start. Before Him.

Humbled and broken.




  1. says

    Thank you for your words. How true. We often lay things before God, then pick them back up and walk away with our original burdens and concerns.

    Thanks for the reminder to let God have it all.

  2. says

    I am going to share this with my little women’s group this weekend. I hope it will bless them like it has me. It is EXACTLY what we do time and time again. Lay it out before the Lord and then take it back!!!

  3. says

    Beautifully written.

    Thanks for your comment about my relationship with my grandmother in “Old Letter.” She was such a gift to me.

    I have been finding healing. It has taken a long time, but God is faithful.

    Have a great 4th.

  4. says

    Amen, Laura!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    You are so right – we often as Him for his help but continue to carry our burdens instead of truly giving them to Him. Something I am personally striving to correct.

  5. says

    As usual, a beautiful display of your heart! Thanks for giving us a window seat….

    Hope your 4th was good.

    Pray for my Hannah, who just returned from her 5 month’s missions trip. She’s trying to discern her next step and is torn between staying and leaving. Would you ask Papa to direct her with His words???


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