Prayer of the Soul
“Prayer is the activity of the soul. The nature of each soul is different. The eternal is related to each of us in a unique way.…The words we use to describe the holy are usually too nice and sweet. Sometimes, the Divine is awkward and contrary.…The prayer of the soul voices itself in each life differently.…No one knows what divine narrative God maybe writing with the crooked lines of someone’s struggles, misdeeds, and omissions. We are all in the drama, but no one has seen the script.” John O’Donahue Eternal Echoes Page 192
God, it seems, is able to relate to everyone whatever condition they may be in. We don’t know what God is able to do with and for each person, including ourselves, so that each soul can be brought home to the Sacred One.
Sometimes, we feel hopeless about our own situation thinking that we will never get it right and give ourselves fully to God and be holy so that we will be brought home to the Divine. Sometimes, we look at another person and think that his situation looks pretty hopeless; perhaps we have judged that person as beyond redemption and that nothing could ever bring him home to God.
The truth is that with God all things are possible, that “with the crooked lines of someone’s struggles, misdeeds, and omissions”, God can write a narrative that will bring any person home to the harbour where he belongs—the harbour where God is waiting to welcome each one of us at the end of the drama of our life here on earth.
Judith Lawrence lives in Muskoka, Ontario, a land of lakes, forests, and wildlife. She began to write seriously when she was in her fifties and has written three non-fiction spiritual books. Judith has also written a book of mystical poetry and one of short stories; she writes a weekly blog about contemplation and records a podcast meditation monthly.