Progressive prayer

We never tire of fresh inspiration, spontaneity, originality. Therefore, we need never feel ho-hum about what prayer brings.

Some time ago I found myself thinking about the dramatic progress that was so evident in my daughter's life. Each year she seemed like a new person, with new interests, new achievements, new friends.

At first it seemed natural to think of this as typical for a maturing teenager. "Just wait!" I thought to myself. "Wait until she's an adult and settles into a routine. Boy, will she look back with envy on these years!"

Then I started to question the idea that adulthood should be unprogressive or unexpansive. For that matter, why did anything in life have to be that way? Family life, work, school, church—do these experiences necessarily become unprogressive and uninspiring? Or do we let them?

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Overcoming mistakes
December 30, 1991

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