7 Prayers for Uncertain Times

There’s a strange and terrible feeling that I would not wish on anybody, and it’s that feeling of being dangled over the edge. But soon, you realize the truth: almost all of us live up close to the edge at some point. And we need thicker language and a stronger hope to live in the midst of extended uncertainty.

Our lives are made of paper and we just didn’t know it at the time. And once you see it in your own life, you can see it in everybody else’s. You feel broken open to the pain and the suffering and the fragility of it all.

It takes great courage to live here. And probably naps to live here. In these bodies, in these families, in these webs of love and duty and not enoughness.

That’s why I’ve put together 7 Prayers for Uncertain Times. May they comfort and hold you when there is nothing else to do but pray. May they give you a bit of courage to live here, in all of your beautiful, terrible humanity again today.

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Hi, I’m Kate. Let’s untangle our culture’s obsession with toxic positivity and self help, shall we?

I am a Duke professor, podcaster, and author with a single mission: giving you permission to feel human. (And letting you have whatever weird or boring hobbies you can’t explain to strangers. Do I love roadside attractions and exotic potato chip flavors? Yes. More than I should say.) 

I believe that the world would be a better place if we took apart the well-meaning clichés we use when life is hard. (What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Maybe what doesn’t kill you might try again tomorrow. 🙂 ) 

After years of being told I was incurable, I was declared cancer-free. But there’s no going back. I am forever changed by what I discovered: life is so beautiful and life is so hard. For everyone. 

My team at Everything Happens and I create free resources like this one with you in mind. We are determined to create a gentler world for everyone who wants to admit that they are not always “living their best life.” If that’s you, bless you. You’re in the right place.

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