A prayer is an invitation to rest or abide in what is most essential in our being. I have tried here to express my own version of a prayer:
I don’t know, sweet beloved,
what to do with my fear, my anger,
all my overwhelming feelings
and the limits I impose on myself.
So please take them into your loving lap,
tender them till they melt
and are taken away to be
one with your infinite being.
It is my plea and my wanting,
rather my offering – for I’m asking nothing,
to be rid of all my clothes and be seen
naked in front of your most naked presence.
Let your constant outpouring of love
be my daily inescapable anchor,
let me I be you and you I
and feel no more the pain of separation.
You were so unnoticed,
at best visited from time to time,
let me now be the absent, unnoticed one.
Let me be whole and one with all things,
let me find in the pain, in the ache,
your most gracious presence,
Text and photo by Alain Joly
– Fragrance (on the role and nature of prayer)