Sharing our concerns and worries with God, especially if they are moving us forward, by putting them in a box, sounds like a healthy practice – so long as we don’t forget to play our part. That means listening when God, and the Christ-figures in our lives, try to show us how to face those fears, or improve our relationships. Our connection to God is not meant to be a one way conversation – where we put our worries in a box and wait for God to fix them. We must do the work, as the gospel lays it out for us – and that work is often hard and challenging.
If you like the idea of writing down your prayers, how about trying to add to your God Box all the things that you are thankful for, all the dreams accomplished, and the special everyday moments that stand out for you.
Then years later, if your kids find your God Box, they will know, not just what you fretted about, but, more importantly, what you cherished.
If you would like to read more about The God Box, here’s the piece in the Globe: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/the-god-box-transferring-your-troubles-to-a-higher-authority/article2443574/