Pray for What You Need
Spring has come at the St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, and their donations are piling up. Donations are wonderful, but sometimes they get items that are unusable. Jane knows she must take the bad with the good or the good wouldn’t come either. As she sorts out shoes, Jane finds herself praying for clients and volunteers. One of the women calls the bishop to ask for more help for the store. Jane then summarizes how the St Vincent de Paul society came to be over 170 years prior by a guy named Frederic Ozanam and a group of college friends. As Jane is contemplating the possibility of getting college volunteers, two young men come to unload some furniture. They have helped with this before and Jane approaches them about volunteering. Soon the boys are helping with everything around the store. They are passionate about the store and recruit more help so that Jane can take summers off. In the fall, the students go back to school and Jane returns to work. More adults come to offer their help saying that the bishop sent them.
Like everyone else I know, my life seems hectic. I’ve had a summer of transition with family incidents and job changes and I’m chairing our parish auction in November among other things. Many days I feel like I just can’t do everything that needs to be done. My real problem isn’t that I can’t do it; it’s that I can’t do it alone. Reading this story reminds me that I should pray for the things I need instead of thinking I have to do it all by myself. No request is too big or too small for God and I have often found that prayer calms me so that I can better focus on the task at hand. Lord, when I need something, remind me to pray for it like Jane did.
- When has prayer helped you through a tough situation?
- What do you need to pray for today?
- What are you trying to do on your own that you need to hand over to God?