GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#114 — October 1, 2021

God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.

— Mother Teresa

Welcome Inspired Seekers!

Someone recently asked me, “What is prayer? Really?” It is a big question and I paused to think for a few moments before answering. When all is said and done, I do not believe that prayer is limited to words – learned or spontaneous. I believe that when our whole being is open to God (however we define that), we are praying. When body, mind and heart are open and aware, we are in prayer. Because, dear readers, prayer is beyond our feelings, thoughts and words.

Prayer, and its connection to the Divine, is the intertwining of our humanity with Divinity in moments of deep gratitude. It is that moment of great joy that fills us on all levels. It is the experience of knowing – trusting – that we are loved and protected, cared for and provided for beyond the scope of human understanding.

Perhaps the most challenging part of the spiritual journey is keeping our mind, body and spirit open enough to experience the exchange of prayer. It is especially difficult when we are facing trials and suffering, and yet, that is when we need that Presence the most.

And so, dear readers, as the darkness of Fall and Winter approach and the light seems to disappear, let us be mindful of opportunities for the Presence of prayer and the joy that leaps in our hearts and out into the world. Yes, the joy of prayer is always here.

Grace, Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

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