Day 36: “The land of spices; something understood.”
Here is a piece from a Morcott Sculpture Garden. I can’t think of a better image to end Herbert’s exploration of prayer than this one.
The poem ends with the simple assertion that prayer is, “something understood.” If we believe that God is the creator of all, that Jesus came to show us a better way to live and that the Holy Spirit directs us into all truth – that God is truth – then to understand something is to get our minds lined up with God. If we chip away at an issue in our prayers then, like the sculptor, we can get close to the nitty-gritty of the matter. Is that what Jesus was doing in the Garden of Gethsemane – squaring the love of God with his inevitable suffering?
Yes, there are answers. We need to ask the right questions in our prayers.