Contemplation   1 comment

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Above:  Elijah in the Wilderness (1818), by Washington Allston (1779-1843)

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And lo, the LORD passed by.  There was a great a mighty wind, splitting mountains and shattering rocks by the power of the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind–an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake–fire; but the LORD was not in the fire.  And after the fire–a soft murmuring sound.

–1 Kings 19:11b-12, TANAKH:  The Holy Scriptures

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Prayer, many people told me

when I was young,

is “talking to God.”

—–

That is a part of the meaning,

I am sure,

but what about the rest–

listening for

God to speak, whereby one is blest?

—–

More and more,

as I age,

I seek primarily to be aware

actively of the presence of God

and to revel in it

and to listen for any sage

advice which might be in store.

—–

So the list of things I ask for

grows shorter and my words

become fewer.  Mostly these days

I desire to be,

to listen,

and to hear–

to be to my core

serene in God, not in a haze

or in a daze of activity

masquerading as true piety.

—–

For me there is no cadence,

no, “Lord, we just…..”

There is mainly silence,

and that without a fuss.

So I prefer not to pray in public,

except from a Prayer Book,

for I am reticent and introverted;

I hope that none ever mistook

me for one impious.

But, if any did, so be it,

for to them I do not answer

and regarding what they think of me

I do not care one lick.

—–

No, I answer for my spiritual state

to God, who understands me

better than I know myself.

Divine mercies and knowledge being great,

the love of eternity

embraces and understands my true self;

to it I leave my fate.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 8, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF CLARA LUPER, WITNESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

THE FEAST OF ROLAND ALLEN, ANGLICAN MISSIONARY

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Adapted from this post:

http://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/contemplation/

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Posted June 8, 2013 by neatnik2009 in 1 Kings 19

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