A couple of memorable quotes on prayer I came across today, from two very different sources:
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 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 than ourselves and even more strange than the world.
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking
And then what do you do—do you pray? What is prayer but a wish for the events in your life to string together to form a story—something that makes sense of events you know have meaning.
And so I pray.
“Harj,” in Douglas Coupland’s Generation A