Thursday, June 10, 2010
Prayer is everywhere. Every religion in the world has some sort of prayer ritual, either a set prayer or a set way to pray. The Christians have, "Our Father Who Art in Heaven" and "Mother Mary Full of Grace." The Mormons have, "Dear Heavenly Father...thank you...bless this thing or that person...Jesus name, Amen." The prayer I say everyday, the prayer I recite when I need strength is Jenny's Prayer. "Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far away from here." Isn't that all prayer is, a plea for someone to change our current situation, our current state of mind. A plea to make things better or take care of someone we can't help. Jenny's simple, direct approach speaks to me an a level that 'Dear Heavenly Father' never did. Jenny's prayer makes it okay to be scared and okay to want to be magically transported to somewhere safe. Jenny's innocence gives me comfort in an uncertain world. I pray to be taken away and changed into a bird and fly to where no one is sick and no one fights and everyone gets what they want in life. I pray to make up for my mistakes...I pray to be far, far away from his place and this time in my life. I pray to a God who is there, but is as tired and overwhelmed and flawed as I am, because only a flawed soul would wish and pray things that will never come true like being changed in to a bird and fly away, in peace...
Posted by Miriam at 11:11 PM