Our Native Language (02-05-17 Sermon)

Sometimes people ask about prayer. People (some of you) will call or write or come in and say, “I’m not religious. I don’t know what I believe about God. I don’t know who to pray to. I haven’t prayed in years, or ever. I don’t know what to say. It’s all a little embarrassing. I’m fine with meditation, yoga, journaling, silent retreats, speaking the names, but prayer feels really weird, ” – yet there they are, and asking about it, expressing interest, maybe longing, maybe desperate need, and so I’ll say, “Start really small. Make a little bit of time, make a little space. Breathe in, breathe out. If you are moved to speak and don’t know what to say, you could try four sentences:
In this moment, I am thankful for ___________________.
I am afraid of __________________________________.
I hope for _____________________________________.
I wonder ______________________________________.
And then breathe in and out again.”

-Rev. Victoria Safford, “Our Native Language”
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