Everything is Waiting for You: Hospitality as a Prayer Practice

Len Delony1Something deeply powerful and profound happens when we try to follow the way Paul recommends in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we “pray without ceasing.”

But it’s often not so much what happens that is different. It is more about our awakening to what God is already doing and inviting us into, no matter what else is happening in and around us.

Part of what we must do is learn to let go of our narrow assumptions and immediate “fight-flight-freeze” reactions.

Practicing Centering Prayer and the related Welcoming Prayer is a bit like going to the gym to open up our capacity to wonder . . . and awaken to God’s immediate Presence in the moment.

But there are also many other paths to this miraculous way of wondering that awakens us and makes us see God’s means of grace all around us.

Irish Poet David Whyte is one of the best mentors of our time for awakening to this way of wonder.

When I heard this “On Being” interview last week, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist sharing this poem and link to the recent interview with you here and now.

Everything is Waiting for You — Come to Know Such Hospitality as a Powerful and Profound Prayer Practice . . .

Grace and Peace,

Len

Everything is Waiting for You

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

— David Whyte
from “
Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press

Click here for the wonder-filled interview.
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