Backyard Church, Every Morning

(above) December 31, 2020 @ 8:21 a.m.

I’ve been praying for you.

Every morning for the past several months, come rain, shine, or snow, I spend a few moments standing out on our back patio, looking at the beautiful western views and having a little conversation with God.

The back patio is my happy place. In the spring, summer, and fall, I try to sit out there every night after dinner. One of my least favorite days of the year is the day I realize it’s too cold to do that, and that it’s time to put the cushions away and cover up the patio furniture.

But a few months ago — I don’t remember exactly when — I decided to go out first thing every morning and pray. It’s something I’d done occasionally over the years, but 2020 prompted me to do it purposefully.

If I know you … heck, even if I don’t know you, I’ve been praying for you. I pray for

  • my wife
  • my kids
  • my sisters and their families
  • my biological parents and their families
  • my friends and acquaintances
  • my neighbors and co-workers
  • the country and our leaders

I ask God to bless you and keep you safe, healthy, and happy. The words change a bit from day to day, but that’s the message.

I’m not sharing this because I want to come off sounding holier-than-thou or as if I have my s**t together all the time. I’m not and I don’t. I decided to post this for two reasons:

  • Considering how difficult last year was and how difficult this year will continue to be (for at least a good while), I want you to know that someone’s out here praying for you.
  • I went through some really difficult days in 2020, and starting the day in prayer always helped. It helped me get over the hump more than a few times. Maybe give it a try next time you’re having a difficult day and see if it helps you as it helped me.

I’m gonna keep doing this in 2021. And hopefully 2022 and beyond, for that matter.


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