Posted by: DCox | March 7, 2010

Real Prayer

“Do you want to ask the blessing?”

“No. If you do, go ahead.”

He went ahead: his prayer dressed up

in Sunday clothes rose a few feet

and dropped with a soft thump.

If a lonely soul did ever cry out

in company its true outcry to God,

it would be as though at a sedate party

a man suddenly removed his clothes

and took his wife passionately into his arms.

– by Wendell Berry from his book Leavings


  1. I would agree that “Real Prayer” can be this intimate, and shocking if realized in public, but it is more incredible when the entire dinner party take off their clothes and passionately embrace, rare but possible, to have that kind of trust and communion of a community merging with God.


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