Prayerful Questions

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I wrote this before the horrid news from Orlando. Mass shooting, chaos, emergency responders, blood donors, prayer vigils. Love is Love, I say, but sometimes it is hard to hold on to that.

For the following, I offer credit to Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, In God’s Presence: Theological Reflections on Prayer (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1996)

What is the purpose of prayer?

How could God pay attention to such insignificant creatures?

Are we just talking to ourselves, our inner wise spirit?

How do we know prayer is communication with God?

How do we know that it’s God?

Questions take us deeper into faith

. . . away from belief in our beliefs

. . . to believe in a God who is more than our beliefs can say.

It is possible for a good prayer not to address anyone by name. After yoga classes with Jogi Bhagat, he closes with prayers and we repeat each line after him.

May all be happy.

May all be healthy.

May there be no distress on earth.

May there be peace everywhere.

May all our actions lead us to make this happen.

May it be so.

2 comments

  1. betwil62 · June 15, 2016

    As grace before potluck lunch at Thoreau Woods UU Church, I ask for the following sentences to be repeated: It is good to be.It is good to be here.It is good to be here together.May we do good in all we do.And may this food be good for us.Amen (We stand in a circle holding hands as we say the words– the human contact is important!) A plaque I had on the wall when I taught in the prison said May today be of use to me in love and service. I have exchanged a day of mylife for this day. Give your John a hug for me. He has a million dollar smile. Beth

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  2. Kathleen · June 16, 2016

    I remember sharing grace at Thoreau Woods. Thanks for the reminder. And I read this to Jon, who sends a million dollar smile. Thanks, Beth!

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