Elizabeth of the Trinity is well known for her prayer to the Trinity. Her life experience and her historical context set the stage for her to find great comfort in the three-in-one aspect of Christianity’s God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She related to this concept and to these three “persons” so passionately that, in a sense, the doctrine shaped her prayer.
Actually, you can tell a lot about a person by the content of her prayers. Is she formal or not? Does she prefer traditional prayers or creating her own? Does she concentrate on praise or petition or thanksgiving or wonder? Does she focus on relationships or the natural world or her own inner life?
What prayer would you compose? You might try writing a prayer that expresses your most honest feelings, desires, and beliefs. Write it as a letter or a simple prayer or a poem or a song. Write it and then rewrite it until it is exactly what you want. Try writing prayers for a few days, and see what happens.
- What was this experience like for you?
- How did writing down your prayer change it—for better or for worse?
- Look over the material you’ve written: what stands out, and why?