It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
— Mary Oliver, Thirst
I first encountered Mary Oliver and this poem when reading Common Prayer, the book I mentioned in last Friday’s post. I was an immediate convert.
- Does this poem change your thinking about prayer? In what ways?
- Are there things that seem to block you from praying? What are they?
- How would you like prayer to be for you?
- Take time to write down your thoughts…and consider reading them aloud to God…in prayer.
Grace and peace to you…
Photo by dw
p.s. Notice she’s talking again about paying attention, a growing theme for us (see this, quoted from her book Upstream; see also Wednesday’s post where I emphasize it’s importance in living out our faith.)
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