How do we pray? Does our answer to that question change over time? Certainly for me it has, and continues to do so. Words come and go. Silence remains. I learn to remain in silence and nothingness. Out of the nothingness come unexpected words. Or not. Images pile up, layer upon layer, or disappear completely. I try to remember to breathe, to remember that God is in my breath.
That journey of change and ongoing transformation, which R.S. Thomas describes as a circle, albeit a circle which doesn’t bring us back to quite the same place we started, I tend to think of more as a spiral. Mary Daly, one of my great theological heroes, speaks about spirals, about “the Spiral Paths formed by Moments/Movements of participation in Be-ing”. She, a post-Christian, isn’t trying to describe prayer in this image, but it speaks to me about my experience of prayer, of my changing and developing experience of prayer, as a process not just of circling, but of circling movement, spiraling towards the One for whom I yearn with the yearning which is the beginning of all prayer.
This year for #AdventBookClub we are reading “Frequencies of God: walking through Advent with R.S. Thomas” by Carys Walsh. Join the conversation on Twitter using #AdventBookClub or on Facebook by searching for the group ‘Advent Book Club’.