To pray is to be ‘a wide open eye in the dark.’ When we are in a state of prayerfulness we create an atmosphere of openness and wonder. In this way, prayer is the creation of sacred space. Sacred space is not only found in a chapel. It is not only created by high ritual. A sacred space can be as ordinary as a living room; it can be created by the simple act of one person sitting quietly on a park bench as the sun sets. Sacred space isn’t always pretty or happy. Prayer is an expression of our thirst for connection, for peace, for compassion. It is our longing for God……Elizabeth Lesser
offering this prayer as divine grace breaks the heart open….compassion flows…..we let go and let God in….it’s not about us and our shortcomings anymore….it is the source of goodness…..we are not in charge……
This is what you are to do: Lift your heart up to the Lord, with a gentle stirring of love desiring him for his own sake and for his gifts. Center all your attention and desire on him and let this be the sole concern of your mind and heart. And so, diligently persevere until you feel joy in it. For in the beginning it is usual to feel nothing but a kind of darkness about your mind, or as it were, a cloud of unknowing. You will seem to know nothing and to feel nothing except a naked intent toward God in the depths of your being. Try as you might, this darkness and this cloud will remain between you and your God. You will feel frustrated, for your mind will be unable to grasp him, and your heart will not relish the delight of his love. But learn to be at home in this darkness. Return to it as often as you can, letting your spirit cry out to him whom you love. For, if, in this life, you hope to feel and see God as he is in himself it must be within this darkness and this cloud…..
…..anonymous, ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’