Minute Meditations

Prayers to a Listening Heaven

When I am hiking in the woods on spring mornings, I like that I am dwarfed by a sea of trees. I appreciate that I am outnumbered by animals and insects who see me when I cannot see them. It puts us clumsy humans in our rightful place. When I am surrounded by nature, I often think of my favorite quote from Rabindranath Tagore: “Trees are earth’s endless effort to speak to a listening heaven.” My prayers have a similar trajectory: They start out as saplings and grow skyward. I come to God as a child would. That’s the way it should be.

Perhaps my greatest prayers happen when I’m on foot. Perhaps it is where I feel most comfortable opening my heart to a listening heaven.

—from St. Anthony Messenger‘s “Let Us Pray: Spring Awakenings
by Christopher Heffron

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