Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

To Live is to pray

“Prayer, according to Brother David, is waking up to the presence of God no matter where I am or what I am doing. When I am fully alert to whatever or whoever is right in front of me; when I am electrically aware of the tremendous gift of being alive; when I am able to give myself wholly to the moment I am in, then I am in prayer
                                                                        Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World

to live is to pray
not merely to live,
as one going through the motions, without hope
or purpose

but to really live

to really live
so awake
to the sacred around us
and in us

to be so aware
of the what is happening
to those
placed in our path

the pain and fear
the anger and despair
the joy and the hope

so aware of the needs of the world
and the beauty of creation

that we cannot help but respond

joining our hearts
and souls (if there is such a thing)
with all around us,

scattering our hope and will wishes
our questions and our pleas
into the far reaches of the universe,
to Sacred, the heart of all creation

allowing our hearts burst into a Sacred song
of joy and amazement
supplication and hope.

that is prayer!

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