Saturday, March 03, 2007

All creatures pray

What a glorious day to be in love with the Lord!  Orange blossoms of light emerge over the mountains into a clear sapphire sky. Crisp air. Quiet.
Have you spoken with God this morning? Said your thank-you for the gift of awakening, asked for help with your fasts? Have you prayed? 
"Every creature prays. Cattle and wild beasts pray and bend the knee. As they come from thei barns and caves they look up to heaven and call out, lifting up their spirits in their own fashion. The birds, too, rise and lift themselves up to heaven: They opn out their wings, instead of hands, in the form of a cross, and give voice to what seems to be a prayer.  What more need be said on the duty of prayer? Even the Lord himself prayed."  (Tertullian, 3rd century)
Like the birds, raise your hands now. Stretch out your arms in adoration, reaching for God. If you have no words in your mind, let your heart sing "Thank you, Lord, for another day. I love you."  If you have a song, sing it loudly with your hands lifted and your eyes raised.  And then bring your arms in, putting your hands in the classic prayer position, and tell God what you need today. Just today.
All creatures pray and praise their God. Let us be among them.

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