Quiet Pleas

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God (Psalm 42.1-2)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled (Matthew 5.6)

praying hands - sculpture

Kneeling with lifted hands,
the pain of brittle knee
matching my anguish of Your Absence;
waiting for You, O God;
the air, swirling silently ‘round me, the invisible staircase of Your breath
aching to echo the footfalls of Your coming.

Maranâ thâ‘!

Where, O God, are You?
I pray You,
satiate my soul’s hunger,
slake my soul’s thirst…

Ah, You are in the silence,
You are the Silence.
I quiet my pleas to match Your Presence.

2 thoughts on “Quiet Pleas

  1. Paul,
    Love the silence / waiting in silence. Maybe we aren’t supposed to hear God coming. For me, silence includes patience and I just try to rely on my faith to get me through while I wait. Except for at church long ago, I rarely pray on my knees but I may try that again…because doing so certainly would focus me on the prayer and on God and less on myself.

    Much Love

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  2. Loretta, for years now, many years, once I learned that kneeling was an individual prayer-posture and that standing, for centuries, had and has been the posture for public worship, I have taken to kneeling in my private prayer-times (though, yes, in many places, Epiphany, Laurens, being one, people are accustomed to kneeling for corporate prayer). And when I kneel, I usually close my eyes, lest I be distracted by what I see or the various changes in light so, as you write, to “focus me on the prayer and on God and less on myself.” Now, if only I could turn my mind off!



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