prayer – the novena

"I'll pray for you." This is what we say to other people of faith when we don't know what else to say. We hear words proclaiming sickness or family strife or difficult decisions and then we nod, with sympathetic eyes, and say the words. I'll pray for you. I do. I do pray. I throw that prayer up to God and let it float away, wondering as I watch it go if it will find its way...make its mark...even matter at all.