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Is this any way to pray?

on February 15, 2013
The first snowdrops in my garden

The first snowdrops in my garden

Lord, I’m here.

(Is this any way to pray?)

I’m here.

You’re here.

And as I struggle to force my thoughts into what I think are prayer-shapes

and then heave and struggle to rocket-fuel them out of my head

and into outer space to (somehow) reach you,

I suddenly sense you,

a gentle presence, reading over my shoulder –

Holy Spirit, kindly editor,

finger-pointing (note, gentle finger, not red pen)

at that middle bit.

No need, you say, I’m here.

All you have to do, you say, is be here too.

So – a pause and then I start again:

Lord, I’m here.

(Is this any way to pray?)

And the response is soft like a murmur,

silent like a nod,

and with a query, an encouraging inquiry,

Yes?

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