“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention…”
This declaration comes from Mary Oliver’s poem entitled “The Summer Day.” Such a bold confession comes amidst her curiosity ignited by a grasshopper who is eating sugar from her hand as the poet sits idly in a field. I was introduced to Mary Oliver by my preaching professor and her words have implanted themselves in my mind ever since. I, like so many others, struggle with prayer. How does one go about the curious and unpredictable journey that is speaking with God? How do we continue the dialogue begun by the Great Conversationalist who spoke amidst the chaos and brought forth goodness and grace? Where to begin?
Sure, I’ve prayed the Lord’s Prayer a thousand times in worship with my fellow Sisters and Brothers in Christ. Of course, as I have begun sermons I have…
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