by: Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Porter-Manning, interfaith minister & co-convener of UU Women and Religion.
Soundbite: Surrender to Prayer:
My guess is, that we each have something that we feel is Holy.
And I urge you to turn to that first.
When feeling vulnerable,
when feeling scared,
when feeling like you are just
feeling like yourself,
Turn to that which you identify as Holy,
identify as Sacred.
And, ….. if I may suggest:
Surrender to that.
And, ….. by “surrender,”
I mean Pray.
And here is the thing:
Prayer can be found in stillness:
Intentionally being still. Being silent.
Sitting in your home or at the river or ocean or lake,
In the midst of a forest,
In Sunshine or Starshine or Rain.
Prayer can be your voice:
Chanting as you are
Drawing down the moon
Or Singing a lullaby to your child,
or to yourself.
Prayer can be visualization:
Envisioning that which you wish to be made manifest.
Seeing and focusing in your mind
your fondest dreams and most heartfelt desires.
Prayer can be the act of writing:
A poem or words written in stream of consciousness.
Prayer can be expressions of Deep Gratitude:
“Abundant Earth Mother, thank you for the nourishment you provide us each day.”
Prayer can be pleas for help, and for guidance:
“Dear God, I don’t know how I am going to face what is next, please help me see the path that is mine to take, and instill in me the courage to take it.”
Prayer can be a blessing or mantra:
“Ah-teh, Mal-Kooth, Vay-Gay-Boo-Rah, Vay-Ga-Doo-Lah, Le-Olam, Ah-men”
(Though Art within me, The Kingdom, And the Power, And the Glory, Forever Amen)
Prayer can be a single word, simply felt or thought and released to the Divine:
Someone’s heart is breaking
Someone’s soul is soaring
Someone’s mind is racing
Let us together remember
to create the space to hold all this
and create a world of hope and blessing
Above is an excerpt from Twinkle’s “Amalek Within” service: