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Prayer 210: The gift of friends

Dear God

Thank You for friends and friendship. It’s such a precious gift. Help me not to take those I love for granted, but to listen from my heart to their needs and cares. Give me the ability to provide support when it’s needed, and laughter for the times of celebration. Thank You for caring for us and our friends so much.

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Prayer 164: No words necessary

Dear God

Sometimes I think the best prayers are those where I don’t say anything at all to You, but instead I just relax in Your company for a while. Like old friends who find that a comfortable and easy silence is more than okay and in fact nourishes the friendship better than a thousand words can do. Thank You.

Prayer 161: Other People’s Glory

Dear God

I’m feeling delicate enough as it is but today everywhere I turn, I see friends and strangers succeeding beyond every measure of success in their dreams, whereas I’m struggling away as always to no apparent avail and with very little good news coming my way. Sorry, and I know it means I’m a Very Bad Christian (no surprises there for You then …) and an appalling friend, but actually, I just want to punch them to stop them talking about it all the time, and be left alone with my own failures.

And whilst I’m consumed with envy, I still have to go on smiling and offering supposedly heartfelt congratulations, oh dear me. Because honestly sometimes lying is the only option. This far on in my life and career, I don’t actually expect any success (though still I dream, ah well …), but could You at least be kind enough to ensure that I only have to listen to Tales of Other People’s Glory no more than once a month, rather than three times a ruddy day. Thank You.

Prayer 138: God is always there …

Dear God

In my old home, a friend and I used to drive past a church which had the sign saying “God is always with us” outside. Every time, my friend would say “Yes, that’s the trouble, isn’t it?” which always made me smile. But, to be honest, she wasn’t wrong. Sometimes it’s much more fun to be naughty than to be godly, and the thought that You are always with us can be a bit of a downer, I have to say. Sorry. Oh, but thank You that You are always with us as in the end I do know it’s really the only way I can get by.

Prayer 108: small moments of comfort

Dear God

Thank You that when things are at their worst, You somehow contrive to bring a small shaft of sunlight into our existence. Today, I was feeling really unhappy and bored with my lot when a meeting with someone I’d not seen for years was an unexpected delight. She even complimented me on my new hair style, which so few other people have noticed! It made all the difference, so thank You.

Prayer 27: being content with less

Dear God, I’m not sure why it’s so important to make new friends these days and connect with everyone possible out there, whether in real life or online. I have enough challenges (and excitements!) with the friends I already have, let alone new ones I’m supposed to enquire.

And, while I’m on, I don’t know why we all need to be connected to each other these days anyway. I tend to spend half my time desperately struggling to get some peace and quiet, so I don’t turn my mobile phone on and texting remains a mystery.

Help me to remember that in the midst of society’s constant clamour for more, sometimes it’s far better to be content with less. Thank You.