Good Day, God!
I hadn’t ever thought of being a bit “tattered” as being a blessing. But, yesterday sitting outside in the backyard of my Spiritual Director’s Makiki Heights home I glanced over at her clothesline and saw varied colored cloth squares. Oh, cocktail napkins, I said.
June, who probably has NEVER owned cocktail napkins, laughed and said, “Those are Tibetan Prayer Flags. Well, yes, God, I have heard of those — the wind blows and the words on them are “prayed” . . . not a bad idea. Hmm. I was wrong. Apparently, the idea is that “they will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.”
As I went for a closer look, I noticed some flags are becoming “tattered” as edges fray and strands are pulled loose and flutter back and forth.
Ah, God, it was as if You said to me that the tattered flags spread blessings even more effectively than the pristine whole flags. More surface area or activity? I loved the thought. Then, standing there looking at the tattered prayer flag I thought of myself. I’m definitely more tattered than I used to be. And a soft thought blew through me . . . yes, my being “tattered” does help my prayers. Thanks, God!
I just returned from Bhutan, where prayer flags are EVERYWHERE (including places you can’t even imagine how they got there). They are a constant reminder to pray, and to keep spreading God’s love and compassion to all beings, everywhere. The important thing, as my Bhutanese guide emphasized, is that the prayer flags flutter. They are not for display, they are to be hung so they can move freely and flutter.
Your thoughts and story gave me a remarkable sense of calm. It made me believe more intensely that when we pray we are not informing God but we are being with God.