Prayer Addendums

Did you ever have a time of prayer where, after you had said AMEN you were like, “Oh wait, God, I forgot to thank you for our staff!” and then you do like a prayer addendum?

And I just think that’s hilarious because of course God doesn’t need me to list out stuff like that, but that’s just me being human. When I think of the enormous chasm — the unspeakably immense difference between God’s understanding and knowledge and my own, it’s sort of too much to handle. One might go right into an existential crisis and not be able to get to the office at all.

So I make my prayer addendums and I know that really God is intimately acquainted with my every thought and that God knows my prayers as part of my being before they are imagined or uttered.

But this makes me think, “Humans are cute.”

Darlings, I am off to the chiropractor. I was up until 1:30 AM finishing my dissertation. Of course it needs to be approved and possibly amended, edited, etc., but at least I’m moving onto a new part of the process and that feels pretty miraculous to me today.

Someday I’ll write about how working on a dissertation is a lot like carrying on a really deep, important conversation with a coffee pot.

Much love to you today. It’s very bleak here today, I’m wearing grey and black and doing absolutely nothing to contribute some sunshine and color. Perhaps later in the day I’ll add a bright raspberry pink beret to my outfit in celebration.

20 Replies to “Prayer Addendums”

  1. Congratulations on moving to the next step with your dissertation! What a wonderful achievement! And I do prayer addendums all the time too.

  2. I DO have prayer addendums (addenda?) They feel like the announcement I forgot to make in worship, and now we’re doing the offering, so forget it. God probably doesn’t see it that way.

  3. That is awesome that you finished your dissertation! My husband has a PhD, so I know what an awesome undertaking a doctoral dissertation is, especially if you’re working full-time. Way to go!

  4. Alleluia!!! Congratulations! A HUGE achievement. We’re all very proud of you, Almost-Dr.-Peace-Bang!

  5. Huzzah and congrats! 🙂

    When I finished mine and went to drop off the final copies for my committee to review, I had my kid stand on the stack of printed chapters for a photo op. It was fun.

    You should treat yourself to something marvelous, whether sartorial, gustatory, olfactory, or tactile… 🙂

  6. I was living in Wisconsin when I finished my D.Min. As I recall, I drove 55 minutes to the 24-hour post office at the Milwaukee Airport to make sure it got postmarked by the absolute, drop dead, no extensions deadline required. Huge sighs of relief for you!

  7. Your comment about humans being cute reminded me of one of my favorite quotations;

    “Theology is the study of God and God’s ways. For all we know, dung beetles may study humanity and our ways and call it humanology. If so, we would probably be more touched and amused than irritated. One hopes that God feels likewise.” – Frederick Buechner

    Of course, passing the finish line on your dissertation, perhaps the last thing you need is more quotes.

  8. Well done! Having done a Masters, I know there is no way I could ever do a Doctorate and am in awe of those who can!

  9. Peacebang, I am in awe. As someone who enjoys a litle Peacebang every day…either through the fabulous Mayor Beagle, or his friend Ermengarde, or your FB page, or Beauty Tips for Ministers, I have grown accustomed to laughing and celebrating along with you…and to think that besides all that you were finishing a dissertation! Amazing woman…congratulations! [Thank you, Wanda! How nice! – PB]

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