Mary Oliver


We have this idea of what prayer should be. Hands folded, knees bent, head down. The words are memorized words or prayers with SAT words. Words that would make our pastor proud.

That isn’t prayer. Prayer is a breath, raw feeling and hope that doesn’t know how to quit. It is a picture or a letter or a talk. It is whatever we want it to be because there is no one else there except you and God.

Tear out those fancy words.


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