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Help, Thanks, Wow

In her book, Help, Thanks, Wow, spiritual writer Anne Lamott observes that when you think about it, there are really three prayers we offer up to the Divine.


Help pretty much speaks for itself, doesn’t it?


It’s that SOS signal that throws up a flair to the Almighty or Universe saying “Hey, if You can hear me, I really could use some help down here!!!” I believe that has been a universal prayer this past year, as our initial introduction to Covid 19 in March slowly turned into a long-term relationship, one that we still are trying to manage. On an individual level, our prayers for Help have included loss of loved ones, opportunities to mourn as a community, and in some instances even saying a last goodbye. We haven’t included the loss or change in jobs, our children’s schooling mostly going remote, and cancelled plans for weddings or vacations. The tension of our country this election year, and the realization that a November election result has turned up the heat (if that were possible), leaving us feeling deeply divided and disillusioned. By the time you read this, we will probably be past our first Covid Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. What a strange family photo this year, right? (Masks on or off, and does that include the dog?) Sigh, and by the way, HELP!!!


So, this may feel like a stretch, but is there something we can find to be Thankful for in these difficult times, as we step into 2021?