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Prayers: “Singing in the Night

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I love to pray, to go deep down into the silence:

To strip myself of all pride, selfishness, and

coldness of heart;

To peel off thought after thought, passion after

passion, till I reach the genuine depths of all;

To remember how short a time ago I was nothing,

and in how short a time again I will not be here;

To dwell on all joys, all ecstasies, all tender

Relations that give my life zest and meaning;

To peek through a mystic window and look upon

the fabric of life – how still it breathes, how

solemn its march, how profound its perspective;

And to think how little I know, how very little,

Except the calm, calm of the silence, and the

Singing, singing in the night.

Prayer is the soul’s intimacy with God, the ultimate kiss.


Singing in the Night: Collected Meditations, Vol. 5 edited by Mary Benard (Skinner House, 2004)

Copyright: The author has given Unitarian Universalist Association member congregations permission to reprint this piece for use in public worship. Any reprints must acknowledge the name of the author.

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

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