Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday prayer: intersection of the timeless moment

If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same: you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more
Than an order of words, the conscious occupation
Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying.
And what the dead had no speech for, when living,
They can tell you, being dead: the communication
Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
Here, the intersection of the timeless moment
Is England and nowhere. Never and always.

~from TS Eliot, Four Quartets: Little Gidding 1~


Samantha said...

i didnt know where exactly to leave the prayer request so i am leaving it here.. please pray for my family. my husband was recently incarcerated and he is being held without explanation and things are rough please pray for him to stay strong and same for me and our daughter. and please pray for this all to be worked out with hopefully his return home... thank you...

Teri said...

Samantha, I'm holding you all in the light. peace.