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I've had a hard day. Imagine that.
After all, I ate breakfast, lunch and dinner today. Lots of coffee too. I was able to work and make some money. My house is not leaking and I've got a nice warm bed to crawl into in a couple of hours. Or I might stay up late and fall asleep on the couch. I have options. My family is safe and I know where each of them are at this very minute. I can depend on tomorrow, as much as any person not facing imminent danger can. And even if something happens, I can access at least $25 to escape if I have to.
But it's still been a hard day because my heart is so heavy. My head is swimming with grief and worry and helplessness.
I just learned that Louisiana's governor declared today to be a day of prayer, and that's ok with me.
Right this minute, besides giving money to various charities, it truly is all we can do.
Anne Lammott has two favorite prayers. The first one is:
"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
And the second, which is the prayer that I will say for the people down South tonight is:
"Help. Help. Help."