And how can I pray? Emmet Fox said not to pray for outcomes, but for serenity and faith in God’s will. Fox also said, paraphrasing the Bible, that we do not receive because we do not ask. He ALSO said that we should pray for peace, believing that God has already provided for our needs. Rumi tells us to hatch out the helplessness.
THE GROUND’S GENEROSITY
Remember: prayer gets accepted no matter how
impure: like that of
a woman in excessive menstration, her asking dense
with blood, so your praise
is full of blood ties, full of how attached you are.
That tangle of limited
surrender is the human mire. We’re sodden in bodiness,
where the clearest sign of
grace is that from dung come flowers, from the bulbous
sludge, buds and then sweet
pears. The ground’s generosity takes in our compost
and grows beauty! Try to
be more like the ground. Give back better, as a rough
clod returns an ear of
corn, a tassel, a barley awn, this sleek handful of oats.