Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.
Margaret Olley (Australian, 1923-2011). Delphiniums and Postcard (c 1970-73).
Beginning to pray
We all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives—altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the loving and bitter. But what I have come to see is that God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture. We do not have to be bright, or pure, or filled with faith, or anything. That is what grace means, and not only are we saved by grace, we live by it as well. And we pray by it. …
We will never have pure enough motives, or be good enough, or know enough in order to pray rightly. We simply must set all these things aside and begin praying. In fact, it is in the very act of prayer itself—the intimate, ongoing interaction with God—that these matters are cared for in due time.
Richard Foster, Prayer (HarperCollins San Francisco/Hodder & Stoughton, 1992)
Arvo Pärt. Zwei Slawische Psalmen | Two Slavonic Psalms (Ps. 117 and 131). Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, dir. Daniel Reuss.
May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.