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Do You Pray?

Recently Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford  posed the question:“Do you pray? What does “prayer” mean to you?

My response:

I pray daily and throughout the day – my life is a life of prayer.  My journey with prayer has been an ever evolving one. At present prayer to me is surrender and gratitude. The first, surrender, is in communion with, and experience of, the Holy. The second, deep gratitude for the Holy and the many gifts in my life. The outward appearance of such prayers can be formal or spontaneous:          

intentional moments of stillness and silence, visualization, or active with writing, creating art, chanting or singing or drawing down the moon, walking in the woods and along the river, speaking out loud my heart’s desires or giving a blessing, it is the lullabies with my child each night.…prayer is even found in doing the dishes at my kitchen sink, and dancing in my living room.