(Jesus said) I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit…If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you (John 15.5a, 7)
What language, O God, do I employ to seek you, to speak to you that I might be assured that you, please, will hear my ardent pleas?
Is it an ancient tongue known well by those long afore who stood before your throne of mercy and grace with empty, upraised hand, broken-open heart, and tear-stained face? (A tongue, like none other, I know not and cannot utter?)
Or is it the seraphic speech the Apostle knew, which, though sans word or sound, natheless, resounds heaven-round? (For this, too, I, time-and-space bound, cannot use to share my cause with you.)
Nay, neither of these, though I cannot know, need I know, for this I think, I believe: It only is your word that I do dare speak; that word of abiding, of being in Your will.
Then, aye, O God, by your Spirit, continue to teach me your will. Amen.
© 2021 PRA
Endnote: “seraphic speech the Apostle knew” is my reference to St. Paul’s word, “If I speak in the tongue of mortals or angels…” (1 Corinthians 13.1a; my emphasis)
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