A spiritual director describes ways to pray—even when the words won’t come

Friday, October 4, 2013

Being Prayer
Janet Davis is a spiritual director who writes a blog for Patheos titled Women, Wisdom, and the Word: Finding Ourselves in the Stories of Women in Scripture.  In this post, with its intriguing title of “being prayer,” she shares with us an experience she had of not being able to find words to pray, yet being very conscious of God’s nurturing presence. “There was a real sense of freedom and a deeply seated peace as I let go of words,” she writes. “My longing, fully and authentically experienced in the presence of God more than expressed to God was enough. For the first time I knew that prayer of supplication happens even when words do not come.”  She goes on to talk about the value of tangible and visual aids in prayer.  For example, she talks about “praying in color, ” “body prayer,” and  walking the labyrinth as a prayer experience.  She ends her post with excerpts from her favorite poem on prayer, written by Alla Renee Bozarth, and she refers readers to Bozarth’s complete poem, with its wonderful instructions to “sing your prayer, laugh your prayer, dance your prayer”—and so much more.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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