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Miniblog #175: How I’m Finally Getting My Prayer Life Together

by Carson T. Clark on February 2, 2013

The new kneeler and Celtic wall cross have helped form a sacred space in my upstairs man cave. To offer a brief reflection, it’s amazing how perfectly liturgical prayer and a kneeler complement each other, and together spiritually fulfill who God made me to be. For the longest time I felt like a giant turd burglar because I hated praying, never wanted to do it, and couldn’t find consistency even when I desperately tried to force myself. Suddenly it’s as though that struggle has lifted. Little did I know all I needed was aesthetic beauty instead of spontaneity, historicity instead of novelty, contemplation instead of zeal, and an acceptance for my felt desire for transcendence rather than an unrelenting commitment to immanence.11.For the liturgical nerds, the three books on the kneeler’s shelf are Celtic Daily Prayer, the Church of England’s Common Worship, and the Church of Ireland’s 2004 edition of the Book of Common Prayer–all of which I love. Oh, Anglican tradition, how I love you! Also, the coming together of the Celtic cross and the picture grandpa bought after being born again so many years ago truly embodies and encapsulates my faith journey. There’s almost this strange sense of wholeness in it. I look at it and think, ‘Evangelical Anglican. Yup. That fits.’ Seems like God is doing a lot of that recently.22.Specifically with my forthcoming ordination in February together with (hopefully) getting hired by InterVarsity in March.

  • Evelyn

    “Turd burglar” *giggles*

    Is that the PG-13 version of “nerf herder”?

    For the rest, am delighted for you. Blessings, and congrats on your upcoming priesting.

    • http://twitter.com/carsontclark Carson T. Clark

      Transitional deacon, actually. But thank you.

    • Evelyn

      Cool. We don’t have them in the UK, I don’t think.

  • Evelyn

    Oh, and happy birthday for yesterday!

    • http://twitter.com/carsontclark Carson T. Clark

      Thank you!

  • Rob Scot

    I really enjoy your mini-blogs, Carson. You have a way of distilling your thoughts without being overly simplistic. “Little did I know all I needed was aesthetic beauty instead of spontaneity, historicity instead of novelty, contemplation instead of zeal, and an acceptance for my felt desire for transcendence rather than an unrelenting commitment to immanence.” Well said! Your words help me to clarify (for myself and others) why I have been blessed by my own icon prayer corner that I set up for myself and my family last summer.

    Also, thanks for considering the “liturgical nerds”; I too have a copy of Celtic Daily Prayer in my prayer corner. Much congratulations on the upcoming ordination!

    • http://twitter.com/carsontclark Carson T. Clark

      Thanks Rob!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelrjones37 Michael Jones

    How did you know I was wondering which books those were? It’s like you read my mind.

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