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Prayer 288: Still only Tuesday?

Dear God

Well, yesterday was a pretty long day, I must say. Honestly, it seemed to last at least six months, and at one point I thought that 5.30pm was never going to come round and I might be in the office forever. Hell indeed, eh … There was just so much stuff going on and so many different kinds of crisis to circumnavigate – couldn’t You have spread the pain throughout the week rather than giving it all to us in one day? Just a thought …

Still, I suppose that does at least mean that the worst might just be over, so thank You for that. I really hope the rest of the week improves, and whatever happens, thank You for somehow seeing us all through it.

Prayer 229: Problems Galore!

Dear God

Here is a list of today’s fun problems, in case You might have been busy elsewhere: (a) I’ve had to deal with a courier who delivered an important item to a garage in Yorkshire rather than to our workplace in Guildford; (b) I’ve received a snotty “standard’ letter from my credit card company penalising me because I don’t overspend and I always pay off the whole amount monthly and I’ve been with them for thirty years; and (c) I’ve been given a list of complaints from staff who haven’t yet actually moved into the new offices we’ve spent so many long and agonising weeks getting right for them. All I can say right now is thank goodness for whisky! Oh, and please could You help me sort all this out when I’m feeling sane enough to face it? Thank You.

Prayer 227: The plus side of St Paul

Dear God

No matter how irritating and long-winded I find St Paul in the Bible, the one big thing I learn from him is to trust in You and have hope whatever my own circumstances. Because You are in charge of it all. Help me to turn to You more willingly and ask for Your help even when I’m too shattered and fed up to think. Thank You.

Prayer 224: the traumas of the office

Dear God

Why is it that when we’ve spent several months at work planning a very complicated series of office moves, someone pops up one week before Move Day 1 to say they don’t like their new desk/cupboard/computer/office space/colleague and by the way they’ve ordered a new scanner without telling anyone and please could that be included too?!? Heavens above, Lord, but it’s astonishing the Move Team is all still smiling (sort of!) and none of us has murdered anyone yet, but really it came close … Anyway, in the midst of the muddle and stress, thank You for keeping us sane (relatively) and with our heads just about above the water line, hey ho. Long may it continue!…

Prayer 223: A spirit of adventure

Dear God

When the unexpected happens, give me strength not to be frightened of it (how I hate change!) but instead to see Your miraculous workings at its heart. Give me a spirit of adventure to overcome my usual fears and to follow Your promptings more closely. Thank You.

Prayer 220: Don’t panic!

Dear God

Even though I find Acts rather irritating, at least I can see the power the disciples had by remaining calm and joyful in the midst of great trials. Help me to have something of that same ability instead of doing what I usually do in the middle of even the most minor of trials: panic and get very stressed out. Please remind me of this prayer when I’m next about to panic. Thank You!

Prayer 218: The bad and the good

Dear God

Why is it that bad things happen in crowds and good things just one at a time? Isn’t there a way to balance that out so we get a more even experience of the good and the bad – surely that would be a more sensible way of running things? Just a thought … Anyway, while I’m here, attempting to pray, please could You help me to cope with the bevy of bad things that are happening and make the most of the odd miracle of the good? Thank You.