MY FAVORITE PRAYER CLOSET
My neighbor and I agree: Our favorite prayer closet is the garden. Neither of us can explain exactly why; it just seems that, when we’re out in the sun and breeze, peace takes over and we are free to pray.
When the weather doesn’t permit, I will use housework as a way to get into deep prayer. Having my hands busy allows me to concentrate better. It’s not quite the same as being out in the garden, however. For one thing, there are more distractions indoors: The phone, computer, animals… Outside, I can focus on what is in front of me.
Admittedly, this won’t work for everyone. First of all, I live near the edge of a small town. There is some “civilized” noise: The occasional car; a dog; people strolling by; but for the most part, it is so quiet! The bustle of a city might not have the same effect.
Another thing that makes this oasis so pleasant is the fragrance. I live in a high mountain valley with plenty of pine, juniper, tamarack and sage. Add the scent of roses, petunias and other domestic plants: The perfume is extravagant.
Everybody needs to have that special place for deep prayer. IF it isn’t the garden, where might yours be?