July 11/15 |
offered by Rev Gordon Taylor
~~An Alberta nun-friend from time to time used to ask if she could come to our church for Sunday prayer. It was a different way of approaching what we would call worship.
Her question helped me appreciate again not only that worship, like prayer, was time spent communicating with God. Her question also reminded me that ALL OF LIFE can be prayer … conscious connecting with the Holy One wherever we are.
I think John Baillie, the great Scottish theologian and Church of Scotland minister (born, 6 March 1886, Gairloch – died, 29 September 1960, Edinburgh), really must have had this kind of perception. His prayers fill me with joy and an openness to the presence of God wherever I am. See if you agree:
“Creator Spirit, who broodest everlastingly over the lands and waters of the earth, enduing them with forms and colors which no human skill can copy, give me today, I beseech Thee, the mind and heart to rejoice in Thy creation.
Forbid that I should walk through Thy beautiful world with unseeing eyes: Forbid that the lure of the market-place should ever entirely steal my heart away from the love of the open acres and the green trees:
Forbid that under the low roof of workshop or office or study I should ever forget Thy great overarching sky: Forbid that when all Thy creatures are greeting the morning with songs and shouts of joy, I alone should wear a dull and sullen face:
Let the energy and vigor which in Thy wisdom Thou has infused into every living thing stir today within my being, that I may not be among Thy creatures as a sluggard and a drone:
And above all give me grace to use these beauties of earth without me and this eager stirring of life within me as a means whereby my soul may rise from creature to Creator, and from nature to nature’s God.”
~ John Baillie. Diary of Private Prayer. First published in 1936.