TIME. Spring 2019 - Page 12

ways to pray Naomi Kim i. kneel in the communion pew on the first sunday of the month hands cupped together to receive the body of Christ, broken for you take into your fingers one of the tiny plastic cups of grape juice the blood of Christ, shed for you beside you your mother bows her head you lower yours too and pray, Lord, i believe (hoping, wishing it were true), help my unbelief ii. lie awake at night in the dark, your face to the wall, and wrestle with God until you limp, asking, are You truly there? asking, why is it hard to believe? asking, why do You not show Yourself to me? frustration overflows into anger and no one speaks to part your stormy red sea iii. in church your pastor says, not in my inadequate words but in the words of Your son, who taught us to pray and voices in the pews all around you join hers and fill the sanctuary you, too, move your lips and say, our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name… iv. find yourself stumbling over your words as you write your fledgling prayers turn to fragments of long-familiar liturgy flickering within your heart like tongues of fire merciful God, we confess that we have not loved You with our whole hearts prayers travel down your arteries into your fingers and seep into the ink of your pen v. sing great is Thy faithfulness on sunday morning behold His love in the declaration I, the Lord of snow and rain I have borne my people’s pain I have wept for love of them holy are the hymns which unveil His face to you who see through the glass darkly and give you a way to express how great Thou art in words older and stronger and surer than yours, the sung prayer of praise vi. in the morning before the day begins, put your hands together as though to shelter a mustard seed between your palms you struggle to rein in a wandering mind you stumble over fragments of psalms may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord and ask for grace to know, to love, to serve pace the carpet of your bedroom the way saints before you have walked the labyrinths in a pilgrimage of prayer Naomi Kim is a sophomore concentrating in English. 12 Spring 2019