Prayer: A Relationship without Words is a thought- and
spirit-provoking book that gently supports and encourages the reader to consider
prayer as “the ever-changing, living relationship between God and the persons we
are called to become.”
Whether you are going through a period of crisis or helping someone who is,
Prayer quietly suggests other ways to pray and find connection and meaning.
Perhaps it is through dance, taking a stroll in nature, singing, or sharing a
meal with a friend. This shift in awareness and desire to live a prayerful life
has a real impact on the quality of our relationships with others and how we
conduct our lives.
Prayer offers reflections for caregivers at the end of each
chapter. It asks:
Do clinicians who nurture a reflective life ready themselves to…
Listen more intently?
See more clearly?
Bear more acutely?
Touch more sensitively?
Diagnose more accurately?
And for patients, it asks…
If patients have times to rest before God, will those moments shape the way
they live? Influence their understanding of healing and health as well as
sickness and death?
Prayer: A Relationship without Words is ideally suited for
Have a prayer life that is dulled by rote
readings and mindless attempts at achieving a prayerful life
Have trouble believing that God desires
connection or that they can achieve such a connection with their God, the
Divine, Universal Knower, Nature, Buddha, or other Presence
Are spiritual seekers wishing a fresh and
broad perspective about their relationship to God and living a spiritual way
Are in crisis and wish support and
encouragement during challenging times.
Interact with those in crisis, including
health care professionals, chaplains and those in ministry, who wish support
as they provide a healing presence.
Sometimes, especially in dark periods of
stress, our tried and true ways of praying no longer give us the
comfort and sense of connection that they have in the past. Here are
some other ideas of what you can do from Prayer: A Relationship
Set aside sacred texts.
Wait until you’re ready to pray. Allow
quiet, inner growth to take place.
Let go of what has died and focus on what
is alive: Singing, dancing, and walking are all ways to pray.
Find something beautiful.
Work, get involved in your world. Activity