Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Prayer, a certain quality of attention

Prayer is not doing, but being. It is not words but the beyond-words experience of coming into the presence of something much greater than oneself. It is an invitation to recognize holiness, and to utter simple words—”Holy, Holy, Holy”—in response. Attentiveness is all; I sometimes think of prayer as a certain quality of attention that comes upon me when I’m busy doing something else.

Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, by Kathleen Norris

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