We All Pray

Gracie praying

– by Richard Long

I love quotes.  I have a whole shelf of quote books on my book case.  And another whole shelf of books on prayer.  Here’s a prayer quote from one of my favourite authors.

“We all pray whether we think of it as praying or not.  The odd silence we fall into when something very beautiful is happening, or something very good or very bad.  The ah-h-h!  that sometimes floats up out of us as out of a Fourth of July crowd when the skyrocket bursts over the water.  The stammer of pain at somebody else’s pain.  The stammer of joy at somebody else’s joy.  Whatever words or sounds we use for sighing with over our own lives.  These are all prayers in their way.  These are all spoken not just to ourselves but to something even more familiar then ourselves and even more strange then the world.

 According to Jesus, by far the most important thing about praying is to keep at it.”  -Frederick Buechner in his book, “Wishful Thinking”.

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