PRAYER: The Prayer Of Tears by Edward Hays

The Prayer Of Tears by Edward Hays

Lord, Beloved God,
since all communion with You is prayer,
may even my tears be psalms of petition
and canticles of praise to You.
This is a prayer that You value greatly:
the prayer of my tears;
it is a prayer that You always hear
for You are a compassionate and kind God.
And, Lord, I know You understand
that when I am overcome by my tears—
unable to speak or form a prayer—
that these very tears voice volumes of verse.

All truly great prayer
rises from deep inside
and springs spontaneously to the surface.
It would then seem
that from among the many beautiful prayers,
the sacred songs and canticles of praise,
my tears may be the best worship of all.

Help me not to be ashamed of them;
show me how I can let go of control
and let this prayer of my heart, my tears,
flow naturally and freely to You,
my Blessed Lord and Divine Lover.
In times of joy or sorrow,
blessed be my tears,
the holy prayers of my heart.

Amen.

1 Comment on PRAYER: The Prayer Of Tears by Edward Hays

  1. I think this a most beautiful prayer…

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