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The Language of Beauty

Prayer is a fine, delicate instrument. To use it right is a great art, a holy art. There is perhaps no greater art than the art of prayer. Yet the least gifted, the uneducated and the poor can cultivate the holy art of prayer.
0. Hallesby

On thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, and gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
King David (Psalm 27)

A thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
John Keats

Like Love and Truth, Beauty is another inseparable attribute of God. Authentic prayers express the beautiful. When you read the spiritual prayers and poems of great souls, you sense their reverence for the magnificence and glory that outpours from God.

God's holiness and glory is given form though beauty, and is revealed in the beautiful. The experience of the beautiful is sacred, for it is here that we directly experience God's goodness and wonder. When meditating on the beautiful prayers of poets and mystics, God becomes revealed to us in the deepest manner.

As we are created in God's image, we are enlivened by that which is beautiful. In a sense, prayers can be the purest of all art forms, for prayers directly connect us with Our Source of Beauty.

Like art, the beauty of a prayer is something sublime, - something that transcends facts and logic. Or as the philosopher Rudolph Steiner stated, "it is not an objection to say that we must understand a prayer if it is to have its true effect. That simply is not the case. Who understands the wisdom of a flower? Yet we can take pleasure in it."

Like art, appreciating and deepening this practice takes time to develop.
Just like an artist learns and develops more and more through the application and mastery of certain basic skills, so is our mastery in prayer.

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