There's something about this prayer thingI went out to the fall women's retreat at our retreat center with the firmest intention of asking the retreat leader for a few moments of prayer for dealing with some dark stuff I had been carrying along with me last week.
The topic of our retreat was "Prayer: Not with Words Only" and we tried different sorts of prayer. We prayed the Daily Office, we practiced Centering Prayer, we practiced walking prayer, played with Anglican beads and finger labyrinths.
I realized, as I was driving away, that simply being in that prayer-soaked atmosphere accomplished what I needed to have accomplished without me ever tracking down the retreat leader for a few minutes' chat.
Funny how that works.