Author: Yvonne Hymel


I have stilled and quieted my soul
like a weaned child,
ike a weaned child
on its mother’s lap,
so is my soul within me.

Psalm 131: 2-3


Any mother who has nursed her child or anyone gazing upon this scene immediately understands the tenderness of this metaphor. Unpacking its significance to our spirituality yields rich symbolism of our relationship with this God of Love.

We are struck first by the utter contentment of the infant, confident in her mother’s nurturing love.  There is an obvious oneness between mother and child; the bonds that unite them are forever.

This is the stance we’re invited to in prayer.  Gazing at God gazing at us nurtures our soul and deepens our relationship with a trustworthy God.

There are many ways to pray. Yet this is a particularly beautiful image of a prayer without words that unites us with God in deep abiding love.