Prayer is not

scrabbling together

a few paltry words,

flinging them like stones

at the windows

of ineffability.

It is Gelassenheit,

letting go,

being carried on a current

toward a vast ocean,

deep beyond imagining;

sitting silently,

gaze firmly fixed

on one golden,

inscrutable face,


with the patience of love;

pouring out life,

that alabaster vial

of costly ointment,

at the feet of One

Who washes others

with His tears.

Prayer is

asking nothing,

desiring nothing

but this,

only this.

~~Bonnie Thurston