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nathan f. elmore

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Just James: Floating Prayers

Just James is a series of occasional, meditative, tweet-like renderings from the homily collection otherwise known as "The Letter of James," who was otherwise known as the brother of Jesus.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

"The Letter of James," Chapter 1, verses 5-8

His to give, do not doubt it. However, as for giving it, certain watery conditions apply to his otherwise impartial, unwavering generosity. For instance, apparently one secret to prayer is: not to float about in the sea, simply waiting to catch the next wave.