Friday, March 09, 2007

Prayer

"Prayer is like the dove that Noah sent out from the Ark. It blessed him not only when it returned with an olive leaf in its mouth, but when it never returned at all."


This thoughtful illustration is quoted from Today's Dictionary of the Bible, the 1982 edition, which is published by Guideposts/Bethany House Publishing. One doesn't expect such poetical musings from a dictionary. I copied this quote several years ago and it is written on one of several small slips of paper that randomly inhabit the pages of my Bible. It is fun to stumble across it from time to time as I'm reading other things.

4 comments:

Heidi said...

I think that when the dove does not return with the "olvie branch"... well, that is the hardest part for people to deal with. It is easy to mistake that God is absent... a huge part of learning happens then on anyone's journey, eh?

Heather said...

That's nice . . .

Barry Pike said...

I think you are exactly right, Heidi.

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