Prayer for March 2020
There is an account of the special friendship of the Russian cellist Rostropovich to the composer Shostakovich. The cellist rang up late one night to plead “Slava, Slava. Immediately you have to come and see me. Immediately, I need you to come.”
Rostropovich recounts how he thought maybe he wants to speak about some concert coming up. So I went to him and he said “Slava, sit down.” and after a while “Slava, let's just be quiet” ‘and we sat there not looking at one another. It was like an eternity. Can you imagine it, not speaking for over a quarter of an hour? Then he got up and said “Thank you, thank you Slava, for coming to see me” and I returned home.
Eventually this sort of meeting came up more frequently and Rostropovich became more used to it, but I wonder whether this is the sort of experience we need to find space in our busy lives for - quiet reflective times of prayer.
I must admit I have not found it easier in later life to keep regular structure for any pastime, appointments, mealtimes, or taking pills. But there is a truth in this account, that forming a pattern of time to think slowly for assessment and prayer would be of benefit to a muddled head.
John Pritchard in his book on prayer suggests finding space with the route 'Thank you, Sorry and Please' - and talk to yourself about how you feel.
The Magazine editor needed the Prayer for March, and below is my prayer expressing how I feel: -
Whilst my mind is occupied worrying, thank you Lord for others offering answers to my concerns. THANK YOU for them and bless them, SORRY for thinking I was on my own, PLEASE help me to support those who need help in other ways.