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I Don’t Have to Know It

“Certainly praying takes some admissions, that is, recognition of your state as a man. But this admission does not lead to shame, to a feeling of worthlessness or despair, but rather to the discovery that you are a man and God is God.

To pray is to walk in the full light of God. At that moment, conversion occurs, the restoration of the true relationship.

This conversion brings with it the relaxation which lets you breathe again and puts you at rest in the embrace of a forgiving God. The experience results in a calm and simple joy. For then you can say: ‘I don’t know the answer and I can’t do this thing, but I don’t have to know it, and I don’t have to be able to do it.'”

-Henri Nouwen

businessman sitting on pier


Dear God,


Bring peace to the families and loved ones of those killed or injured in the attack at the marathon this week.

Heal the wounds of those who are injured.

Let hope win out over despair for all who have been affected by this event in any form.

Give wisdom to those investigating the case and help them find out who is responsible.

Forgive the person or people who did this and give them the conviction to turn themselves in.

Thank you for:

The people who put their own safety aside and rushed in to help after the attack.

The medical professionals who helped keep a number of the victims alive with their abilities.

Creating a place far better than here that we live to one day see. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Loving us enough to send Your Son to die for us and give us a path to that place.