Does God Answer Prayer?…an answer to consider

Possible Answers to Prayer

BY SCOTT CAIRNS

Your petitions – though they continue to bear
just the one signature – have been duly recorded.

Your anxieties – despite their constant,
relatively narrow scope and inadvertent
entertainment value – nonetheless serve
to bring your person vividly to mind.

 

Your repentance – all but obscured beneath
a burgeoning, yellow fog of frankly more
conspicuous resentment – is sufficient.

 

Your intermittent concern for the sick,
the suffering, the needy poor is sometimes
recognizable to me, if not to them.

 

Your angers, your zeal, your lipsmackingly
righteous indignation toward the many
whose habits and sympathies offend you –

 

these must burn away before you’ll apprehend
how near I am, with what fervor I adore
precisely these, the several who rouse your passions.

Scott Cairns, “Possible Answers to Prayer” from Philokalia: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 2002 by Scott Cairns. Reprinted with the permission of Zoo Press.
Ellen Marie Dumer, LCPC, president and founder of Living Your Exceptional Life™, is a pastoral counselor, life success coach, published author, and sought-after speaker. She is a guide and mentor for Catholic/Christian women seeking to harness and cultivate their aspirations for a life based on faith in Christ.

She and her husband, Deacon Gary Dumer, live in Maryland, have 4 children and soon-to-be nine grandchildren. Ellen loves to paint and craft, read, go on long bike rides and walks, garden, and spend fun time with her friends!

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