Prayer and the Bees

Okay now you know I can be a little different so just hang in there with me for a moment. But I believe the bees have a lot to tell us about prayer. Let me explain. In my front yard we have a bottle brush tree has been there for more than thirty years. Every year it explodes with these beautiful scarlet blooms. Now in this tree there is a hole and within that hole lives a bumble bee.

Now I don’t know how long bumbles live but there has always been one in that tree. Every year I will go and peer inside and often… there is a little insect face looking back at me. Then I discovered something.

After cutting the grass if I go sit next to that tree and am quiet I can watch her fly back and forth, going in and out. She doesn’t bother me and I don’t bother her but here’s the thing. Sometimes she will go in, turn around and rest at the door of her home. She will then start to beat her wings and there will be this hum this tiny little song of praise. (Now I know there is a reason for this. The bee is probably cooling off the home I’m sure there is a scientific explanation). But in that moment its almost like together we have this time of meditation. God’s creation and me.

French Mystic Madame Guyon said, “Praying scripture is not judged by how much you read but by the way in which you read. If you read quickly, it will benefit you little. You will be like the bee that merely skims the surface of the flower. Instead, in this new way of reading with prayer, you must become as the bee that penetrates into the depth of the flower. You plunge deeply within to remove its deepest nectar.”

Dear God, I pray for innocence. There is so much that is wrong in our world, there is so much sin. Let us have moments where we sit in silence and listen. Where we hear the hum of Your creation all about us. That we bow our heads humbly and give thanks for this life, for the opportunities to serve, to share with all Your creation large and small. Give us joy through praising You! Amen.

When all the path today don’t forget to hum!

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