Sherri Gragg

Juggler of words and children…collector of pottery shards

Let Your Words Be Few

I was small, so small that the back of the pew was almost as tall as I was.  It was a humble church of worn wooden pews, frayed hymnbooks and good people as solid as the mountain beneath their feet.

“Let us pray…”

A cacophony of voices rose, all at once, loud and strong, a fearsome sound like the drone of a thousand bumble bees.  I pressed my small hands against my ears to muffle the noise and wondered how God could understand so many hearts at once.

I have spent many years since learning to pray.  My practice began with “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” and “God is Great, God is Good” and grew into an ocean of words poured out before the throne of The Great King.

But as I have grown older, I have increasingly found my prayers are quiet exchanges of the soul.  It is painful for me to admit, but I am discovering my ocean of words to be self-indulgent, a grandiose distraction from the still, small voice of the Holy One.

Let’s be honest…I have spent a lot of time in prayer telling God what to do (as if I know!).  More and more, as I kneel in his presence, I am discovering the truth- I can’t possibly know how to direct The Holy when I don’t even fully understand my own heart.

And so, there is less treating God like a Divine vending machine and more…

“May your kingdom come,

May your will be done…”

(Matthew 6:10)

There is less arguing, more surrender.  There is silence, worship, and tender intimacy as I rest in the assurance of his great love.

I don’t presume to be an authority on prayer.  I am simply a pilgrim on a journey, a child awaiting the return of her Father.  I am a seeker of The Lover of My Soul, and I am finding he is most readily found in silence.

And so, I remember the words of Ecclesiastes 5:2-

“God is in heaven

and you are on earth,

so let your words be few.”

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3 comments on “Let Your Words Be Few

  1. marcy10
    March 15, 2013

    I am learning this lesson more every day. Thanks for this.

    Marcy Brent Sent from my iPhone

    • Dean
      March 16, 2013

      Thanks, Sherri, prayer is the gateway to the Holy One. May be be humble before Him.

  2. lkr2665
    March 17, 2013

    Pondering silently and with a refreshing sense of peace. I so appreciate and learn from your shared journey. Thanks is not enough.

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