Sunday, October 25, 2020

A Prayer Without Form

based on 1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20, 2:1-10

Faithful God, you hear and know our prayers no matter how we lift them up:

Whether we speak them aloud or lift them in silence,

Whether we consciously use our mouths or feel them with our bodies,

Whether we have the best intentions or are hoping for our own gain,

Whether they are lifted in the spirit of loving our neighbor or from our own cathartic criteria of judgment,

Whether they are genuine in what we say or the words mask our true feelings,

Whether we can articulate them at all or if all we can muster is a sob or a scream,

Whatever shape our prayers take, you receive them, discern the need from within their outer shell, mold them, and respond to them according to a depth of divine wisdom we can often only hope to discern.

For that hearing and for that wisdom, we are grateful. And out of that gratitude we will continue to lift our prayers in whatever form we can muster, trusting that your Spirit will fill the spaces.