How to Pray (Even When You're Mad at God)
Anne Lamott: It's very easy for me to see God in my backyard with the dogs and with the very bitter cat that I call my own. But when someone's sick, when you get the bad phone call, when someone's heard from the doctor, when the appearance of life is very, very shaky, it throws me completely off my game. It throws me for a loop. I think, "This can't be right."
Oprah: And I know you believe that we can pray anytime, anywhere.
Anne: Anytime, and you can say anything. I say to God sometimes, "You have got to be kidding." Or I say, "Would it be so much skin off your nose to cut this person a little slack?" And I think you can say anything. You can say, "I'm mad at you. And I'm not going to be a good sport about it. How about that?" And that's prayer. Silence can be prayer. Rage can be prayer. It's truth. It's all prayer. When we are talking to something that the rest of the world may not be seeing right then, and when we're talking from the deepest part of our hearts, we're trying to tell the truth. That's prayer.
This excerpt was taken from the new book The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations. Anne Lamott is both a novelist and nonfiction writer. She is the author of The New York Times' best-sellers Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Anne's most recent work is Hallelujah Anyway.