How To Talk To God

This morning’s Daily Meditation from Silent began with Jesus speaking, “You don’t have to be clever to please Me. Just speak to Me as you would to anyone who cares for you.” Jesus went on in the selection to invite us to share our fears, our failures, our joys, our temptations, our pride, our needs – in short whatever is on our mind.

I was reminded when I read it of a Mary Oliver poem I love, titled Praying:

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

It really is pretty simple, despite all our efforts to complicate it. Say what is on our hearts, and then give God a chance to respond.