The Prayer of Paul Thorn
One of my favorite, unconventional theologians is a singer-songwriter from Tupelo who also grew up the son of Pentecostal ministers. If you’re not yet familiar with Paul Thorn, I encourage you to look up some of his music. I’ve referenced him in sermons and even used one song’s lyrics as a benediction occasionally. He’s funny and honest and effortlessly insightful.
Though his genre is a mix of country, rock, blues, gospel, and Americana, his faith-filled heritage and questionings are an undercurrent in his music. Though I doubt he would call some of his songs, “prayers,” there are hints of conversing with God in his lyrics. One in particular is titled, “I Hope I’m Doing This Right.”
The more I learn, the less I know.
The more I change, the more I grow.
I pray the road I’m traveling on
Will lead me to the light.
God, I hope I’m doing this right.
Have you thought or prayed something similar recently? I know I have! Crisis causes us to learn and to change, and some days we have lots of decisions to make. From government leaders to health care providers to educators and administrators to churches, we likely share one desire: to do what is right. And God the all-righteous One is ready and waiting to help us do exactly that.
When you feel overwhelmed or weary, perhaps stop and pray this simplest of prayers. Voice to the Lord that you want to do what’s right. Make the decision. And trust Him with the outcome. He will not fail us!
Hank Wiliams was in the darkness
When he sang, “I Saw The Light,”
I believe there’s good in everyone.
I hope I’m doing this right.
all good things to each of you,