Of life in the still-Christian South (a retired cleric’s occasional reflections)…

More on public prayer

On each of the past two weekends, here, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, at Clevedale Historic Inn and Gardens, Pontheolla and I have had the pleasure of hosting and housing a bride, her maid of honor and her bridesmaids.

On both occasions, on Saturday morning, in the serving of breakfast, whilst expeditiously ushering hot plates of freshly and lovingly (that is, Pontheolla-) prepared culinary fare to the table, I was brought to an abrupt and dutiful halt by the voice of prayer – the bride and her entourage, with hands joined and heads bowed, sharing in supplications to God…

On each occasion, though different the groups in nearly every ostensible social category, in their eloquent prayers, I found, I heard a striking similitude – if I had to (and I will!) characterize – of praise to God for being God, of thanksgiving to God, the Giver of all gifts, especially life and love, and of oblation to God in the offering of themselves in service to glorify God and to edify all whose lives they touched.

As both groups were 20-and-30-somethings, I offered to God a silent prayer of gratitude for the gift of renewed hope for the next generation, which these women, to a person, embodied.

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3 thoughts on “Of life in the still-Christian South (a retired cleric’s occasional reflections)…

  1. Thanks for sharing this Paul!! It’s way cool!!!! I’d say it’s a great way to start a marriage and with all of the brides-to-be friends surrounding them as they prayed, that says to me that they will both have an awesome and very spiritual support system for years to come. I’ll take that!!

    Much happiness to them and much love to you!

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    • Yes, my sense, too, was that there was great support for each of these brides in their circle of friends. I also sensed in both cases that the relationships of those around the table were long-lived and deeply rooted in love. A grand thing to witness.

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