I love church steeples,

especially old weathered ones

because I know they’ve

seen it all over the years…

answered prayers,

everyday miracles,

hope in crisis,

faith in action.

I had a conversation

today with friends

about prayer.

There’s an anonymous quote

that says, “All prayers

are answered if we are willing

to admit that sometimes

the answer is no.”

We all want a quick fix,

a lightning bolt from above.

And when it doesn’t come,

when your prayer goes

seemingly unanswered,

it’s hard to believe in good or God.

And no matter how much

you believe things happen

for a reason, as I do,

it’s nearly impossible to accept

when you’re drenched in grief.

So I pray tonight

for those who are hurting to be given

serenity and strength

as they scrape the bottom of

the faith barrel,

grieving over

lost dreams,

lost loved ones,

lost souls.

I can only hope

the answer to this prayer

is yes.