we say our prayers

Our God,

We say our prayers
because people matter to us—
because we matter—
because You matter.
We say our prayers because it makes a difference;
we say our prayers because You make a difference.
We say our prayers because sometimes there’s nothing else to do or to say.
We say our prayers out of habit.
We say our prayers in hope.
We say our prayers with love.
We say our prayers because the alternative is a too great silence—
whether there are alleluias to come or not.
We say our prayers because You taught us to—
because You said Your prayers …
and still do.
That is, after all, who You are.
So here our prayers, Lord,
hear our prayers ….

Amen.

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