Wood Knot + An Octopus Eye + Connections = Praying Without Ceasing
This morning, I found myself in a quiet house, with a cup of good coffee, a book of poetry, and a window inviting me to simply sit, be still and reflect on the goodness of God.
A gnarled knot on the thick tentacle that was a maple tree branch stared back at me, like the eye of an octopus. While neither the tree nor the ‘eye’ was God, I could see God in both. In that moment, a connection was made between God, a tree, an ocean creature, and me – reaffirming the interconnectedness of all Creation. The pregnancy of that moment birthed thoughts and images of so many people who are part of my life – family, Sisters, friends, former co-workers, people with and for whom I’ve ministered - life-long connections and connections only days old.
Those connections between a wood knot, an octopus eye, God’s omnipresence, and the people in my life, prompted me to ponder the meaning of St. Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing”, a challenging one for me. Could the warm flood of connections, of thoughts, of images – some fleeting, others very intentional – be ways for me to ‘pray without ceasing’? I’d like to think so.
What does ‘pray without ceasing’ mean to you? As a reader of this blog, you are now part of my life and I’m part of yours. Let’s pray for each other.
Kathy Flynn, OP
Whitefish Bay, WI