Wednesday Prayers: Thin Ice

I was praying at bedtime earlier this week, telling God how uncertain the future seems to me right now.

I feel like I'm walking across a lake that hasn't completely frozen, and with each step I'm holding my breath, listening for cracks.

As I prayed, it seemed that a startling thing happened: God laughed.

Not unkindly, but with perspective and good humor. Did you forget I can walk on water?

Oh. Right, then.

I still know the ice is likely to crack. But I'm not going to fall through.

Share your concerns (or comforts) in the comments, and I'll hold them up (while I'm being held).


  1. Love this, Di. I just got some surprising news yesterday and have been feeling that way all day and this just totally put it into perspective for me! Thanks you.

  2. WOW...I never thought about it like that! You have given me a new perspective today!

  3. I'm wondering if the sense of dissatisfaction I have been feeling is that of being too comfortable? Not wondering if I am being held up, not even listening to hear the ice crack? I think I need more of a challenge! I've given myself the task of putting myself back out into the Church world, writing letters, saying hello...and seeing where that takes me. As hesitant as I am at being a failure, too much comfort is a sort of failure for me, too.

  4. will pray for your journey across the ice. I am praying for students these days.

  5. Em, I'm praying that there will be blessings in your surprising news.

    Mindy-- thank you!

    Charlotte-- Continued prayers for discernment and courage sound about right?

    Stratoz, I love how you're always praying for your students. I'm pleased to join you.

  6. How often we forget that ice is frozen water. Thanks for a great post!


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins