"I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. - Abraham Lincoln"
Have you heard of Brene Brown? I love her research and her books. She inspires me. You can buy this parenting manifesto at her website.
"The creative adult is the child who has survived."
Ursula K. LeGuin
i am working through a couple different books on prayer, namely this one and this one, both recommended to me by different people at my church. both, i would recommend and the latter, for inner healing specifically.
i have never been a very good prayer. it still seems mysterious and elusive and while i haven’t directly heard God’s voice, i have sensed it in other ways.
one way of praying for inner healing is to pray creative prayers. in other words, to imagine God filling in the gaps of places you were hurt. envision God there, watching you at the time. what did he say to you, what was he thinking? let the prayer connect to God and imagine what he would want you to know. give it time to grow as a new memory. For me, when i prayed about the times i’ve felt lost and alone, i felt him say, “You belong to me.”
i’m trying to spend more time praying creatively over myself. it speaks to me in ways that therapy hasn’t, and for some reason i believe it to be right.
Photo: a lone poppy at Dallas Arboretum
"It is also good to love: because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation. That is why young people, who are beginners in everything, are not yet capable of love: it is something they must learn. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered around their solitary, anxious, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love."
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
found on the back cover of Comment, Spring 2011 issue entitled, “Letters to the Young”