In one of those moments of perfect serendipity, as I was typing the title to this post a regular commenter on People for Others, Tim, sent an e-mail containing the following stanza from a song by Allison Kraus:
It is about being with someone you love
It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain
What I hear when you don’t say a thing.
I don’t know this song (yet), but it expresses exactly what I wanted to say about finding God in prayer.
When I got serious about a prayer life as a teenager, I found prayer easy and joyous. Over the years, my prayer has become generally less exuberant but more familiar and comfortable.
When I was younger I fell in love with God and, like anyone in the first throes of love, everything was heightened and glorious. Now, in my late middle years, I don’t scale nearly so many peaks or fall into so many crevasses, but I’ve grown comfortable with prayer that is quiet, intimate and enveloping.
In the last couple of years, a major change for me has been a move to consciously and consistently express my gratitude to God. I find that when I can live with a grateful heart, it is much easier for God to find me.