31 Days with St Ignatius – Day 16: Praying From the Heart

What is prayer anyway but a cry from the heart?


Exaggeration or reality? There’s not a person of faith — dead or alive — who hasn’t at some point trudged through a desert landscape of dusty dry and somewhat dessicated prayer.  By grace, our rote prayers at these times provide comfort by virtue of their structure. By faith, we know mind, heart and spirit will come back into alignment at some point here or in the hereafter.

Thanks to the contemporary miracle that is Twitter, I was led to the following YouTube video by a Presbyterian minister who has become an online companion on my journey of faith. The video isn’t even a minute long and the primary image, that of a tornado that leveled the town of Ringgold, Georgia, is stunning.

But that’s not what captured my soul, prompted me to watch it numerous times, and share it here. It’s what’s we are privileged to hear — authentic prayer from the heart.  I hear the psalmist in the Southern drawl, how about you? (Click here if you can’t see the video.)



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