Tears of the desert

July 27th, 2011

Tears of the desertAccording to legend, after an exhausting morning session of prayer, the novice asked the abbot if prayers brought God closer to mankind.

“I’m going to reply with another question”, said the abbot. “Will all the prayers you say make the sun rise tomorrow?”

“Of course not! The sun rises in obedience to a universal law.”

“Well, there’s the answer to your questions. God is close to us regardless of how much we pray.”

The novice was shocked. “Are you saying that our prayers are useless?”

“Absolutely not. If you don’t wake up early enough, you will never get to see the sunrise. And although God is always close, if you don’t pray, you will never manage to feel His presence.”

Paulo Coelho – “Like the Flowing River”

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