As I understand them, meditation is a form of witness, during which we watch and listen to our deepest selves; while prayer is a statement, public or private, aloud or in silence, of our strongest fears and desires.  Both practices allow us to become aware of our connection with Spirit.

Prayer does not need to be addressed to someone or something “out there.”  It is a human activity, a way of reminding ourselves of our responsibility for “our side of the street.”   Nevertheless, it can still effect an emotional change in the participants.  When we speak of the things for which we are most grateful, of the things for which we most yearn, and when we pledge to work toward those things, it can be a powerful experience of our common humanity.

The more we are willing to open ourselves—to meditation or prayer—the greater the possibility that we will be changed by the process. 

“I read your prayer every morning–it really helps me.”  –Joanne, UUSG

I meditate and pray every day.

Prayer is an important part of pastoral care–for some people.  I try never to “inflict” prayer on a person who does not appreciate it, but I am virtually always willing to pray with someone who wants to.

Please see the Poker, Prison, Prayer sermon for more about prayer.

Or read some of my entrances into prayer.

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