Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


A Pray on Groundhog Day

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s Groundhog Day and Puxatony Phil saw his shadow this morning. Bad news: we’re facing six more weeks of winter… No surprise, especially for us living in Minnesota where it will probably be more like 12 weeks. I woke this morning to 2 inches of fresh snow. I got my cardio exercise early shoveling our long driveway. It gave me an hour alone to pine for spring and to search, in vane for some kind of spiritual moral in the literal pain of winter.

I grew up in California and when I first moved to Minnesota 16 years ago I really loved winter. It was new and fascinating and wrought with change. But as the years have grown on my I’ve grown exhausted with the relentless assault. Winter hurts, and I’m longing for spring.

Maybe that will be the spiritual lesson I’ll take up today: longing. I’m longing and eager and waiting for a turn of season. I suppose we all are, not so much a physical change, that will come in time, but a transcendent one. We need a fresh shift in the spiritual climate. We need to pray for an awakening of another kind of Spring.

“Lord, we don’t know how long we will have to wait for an awakening of a “spiritual spring” but let it come! Lord, bring a freshness, and a day of new beginnings for us. Bring life and growth and joy and faith and fruitfulness. We admit it, we’re tired of the winter in our souls. Refresh us now. Lord, you are Spring itself. Come. Return, and bring your gifts of rebirth and life again! In Jesus…”



  • http://eagerindifference.blog.com/ Ted Hill

    Hey Mark … thanks for this prayer … I am going through the last of the six prayers in your book and I keep coming back to the gift and struggle of longing. It confronts my desire for things to be complete and stable … yet God stirs and surprises with the gift of longing … In a world that is marred by indifference, the gift of longing can awaken an eagerness that opposes the momentum of indifference that is defined by absence of emotion and action …
    I have been thinking a lot about indifference and am endeavoring to begin a blog to wrestle with it …
    Be blessed Mark!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Missy Gaudet

    Dear Mark,
    Thank you for your prayer. I thought I would purchase a small photo album and do holiday prayers for my friends. Your prayer is a welcome addition. Take care and have a great New Year.

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