I want to thank all of you who have joined me on my Lenten Prayer adventure! One note: I realized that my Easter Prayer and my Thursday Prayer were the same. So I wrote a ‘Maundy Thursday’ prayer and updated the blog this morning. Feel free to check it out!
So where do we go from here? An excellent question! For those of you who know me personally you know that I have spoken a lot about how I feel many people are missing a spiritual practice simply because they are not religious. Weekday Spirit on FB, Insta and Twitter were created to help remind others of the joy of spirit in the mundane. I’d say that looking for ‘spirit’ everywhere is the largest part of my spiritual practice.
However, it struck me while re-posting the prayers I wrote for Lent that writing prayers makes me feel closer to spirit. So it will now be a part of my ‘practice’.
Most of what you will find in this blog will be prayers, but I do expect to write a post or two like this one on the nature of spirit and spiritual practice as opposed to ‘religion’. This post is ‘step one’.
Step One: To whom/what will I address these prayers? Above all else, I strive to create prayers that are ‘universal’. But ‘Dear Universe’ sounds too cosmic and huge to me. I feel that spirit is near when I pray. So that appellation doesn’t work for me. (But it may be the perfect word for many people reading this – so please do!)
The obvious choice is ‘Dear Spirit’. However, I can’t get beyond the connotations of ghosts, angels or fairies, who deserve to be called by their specific names. (If a prayer fits one of these entities – by all means, name them and pray the prayer to them.) The othe reason ‘Spirit’ doesn’t work for me is that I see the word as alienating for those who are agnostic – or even atheist – but still spiritual and seeking a simple practice.
So, I have arrived at ‘Dear Grace’. Here’s Miriam’s definition – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grace (just in case you love etymologies as much as I do:)
For me Grace defines the respect, gratitude, and love that I have for spirit as well as the divine presence itself. Yes, there are Christian ties – Amazing Grace – but the etymology shows Latin roots, which ties the word to the Gratiae also known as the ‘Graces’. ‘Dear Grace’ also feels like starting a letter to a beloved aunt.