I just wrote a post about prayer for The Journey West, which should be posted sometime today. In it, I reflected about how our understanding of prayer evolves with time. And it really is incredible how the same prayer, which you have perhaps said a thousand times, suddenly looks completely different – that’s when you know your understanding has been furthered, even if just by a tiny smidgen.
I was reciting one of the many Praise and Gratitude prayers in my prayer book and fixated on this line: “I entreat Thee, O my Lord, by Thy Most Great Name whereby Thou didst separate light from fire, and truth from denial, to send down upon me and upon such of my loved ones as are in my company the good of this world and of the next.” And it hit me: the light of the truth is only a breadth away from the fire of denial.
Perhaps this is the reason why science and religion need to go hand in hand. For if the truth that science uncovers isn’t examined in the light of religion, the fire of denial will consume us.