Flint

I feel no connection
no presence
Like a man trying
to start a fire
with flint and steel
I see sparks
vanishing quickly
leaving no trace
of their existence
I strike the pieces
together again
desiring flame
but seeing only
darkness.

Prayer often includes a wider bandwidth than we often think. Prayer means talking to God, but even more, prayer means listening to God, listening for God. Prayer is action. Prayer is sitting still. Prayer happens through our hopes and through our tears. Prayer happens through songs and mental images, through smells and sounds and tastes. Prayer happens with words, and (thank goodness) when our words completely fail us. Prayer happens in any place and in any way open to God’s presence.

-Winn Collier, Love Big. Be Well. 

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