This magnolia offered me these lovely questions: “What is opening?” “What is involved in the process of opening myself to the light beyond my darkness?” “How am I experiencing myself being opened by the Light that animates all?” Instead of trying to answer these queries with my mind, I breathed in the gentle, sweet fragrance of the flower–and rested within its hope.
My prayer response:
Loveliness, I am opening. Thank you for creating me with such courage and beauty.
- God opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river. Psalms 105:41
- O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalms 51:15
- Come, my beloved…let us go out early to the vineyards, and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love. Song 7:12
Invitation to prayer:
What prayers are emerging in your heart, mind, and body?
Pray them now.
Photo: Magnolia flower in the Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Australia