Prattling Prayer

September 8th, 2015 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized

During a wedding rehearsal I entertained a two-year-old whose father was playing the guitar and whose mother was attending a three-month-old. The conversation with the little girl went something like this:

Maria June 11 005Girl: Gibberish…baby…gibberish…mommy…gibberish…day…gibberish…me.

Me:   I believe you’re right. I totally agree.

Girl:  Gibberish…doll…gibberish…you…gibberish…play…gibberish…daddy.

Me:   Yes, that was a lovely party. I really enjoyed myself.

I could have been reciting multiplication tables or the Gettysburg Address with the same effect, because the sole source of communication was my facial expression and tone of voice. Both conveyed (I think) my interest in the little girl and my pleasure in conversing with her. Communication is only ten percent words.

If Jesus Christ wants us to be like children, then prayer doesn’t have to be styled or logical or unified with topic sentences. God understands and gets the point. And God is not passive to our prattle.  God is very involved. God is Word expressing and Spirit animating. The Word of God is speaking, and the Spirit of God breathing. And we participate in this. We are part of God’s conversation, and we become expressions of God’s speech.

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