Writing Prayers

I hadn’t wanted to insult Aibileen when she told me her idea. I tried to urge her out of it, over the phone. “Writing isn’t that easy. And you wouldn’t have time for this anyway, Aibileen, not with a full-time job.”
“Can’t be much different than writing my prayers every night.”
It was the first interesting thing she told me about herself since we started the project, so I grabbed the shopping pad in the pantry. “You don’t say your prayers, then?”
“I’ve never told nobody that before. Not even Minny. Find I can get my point across writing them down.”
“So this is what you do on the weekends? I asked. “In your spare time?” I like the idea of capturing her life outside of work when she wasn’t under the fire of Elizabeth Leefolt.
“Oh no, I write a hour, sometimes two ever day. Lot of ailing sick peoples in this town.”
I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. Lauren gave it to me for Christmas, and I’ve been glued to the pages loving every word. When I came across this scene with Skeeter, the young woman wanting to write a book from the perspective of the black maids in their town, and Aibileen, who has agreed to help, I couldn’t resist sharing.
She writes her prayers in a notebook! (Hint, Hint)
It’s the first week of a new year. Time for resolutions and starting or restarting good habits. I really hate to be a conformist and make a resolution knowing I will probably miss the desire target of carrying it through to 2013, but the other side of not making resolutions is missing the opportunity to try. Nothing will change if I don’t.
Aibileen’s written prayers encouraged me to get out one of my half-filled spirals and put my petitions down in ink. Whether or not God hears them better that way, I do.
What are your resolutions? May I encourage you to add journaling your prayers to the list? You will be blessed.
Much grace and peace,

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us–yes, establish the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17).

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