07 Apr '17, 2pm

Office of the Night Watch: A Meditation on Nursing

If this is not prayer—this wordless, rhythmic meeting of souls, this dance both utterly instinctual and pull-your-hair-out hard—then I don’t know what prayer is. Do you, little one? They say the church fathers gave us fixed-hour prayer, but now I know the church mothers marked sacred time long before these hours had names like lauds, sext, vespers, compline, matins, and the office of the night watch. Mamas have been keeping watch for as long as God has cooed and whimpered and shrieked through a baby’s tiny lungs every hour…every two hours…or, if you’re lucky, every three. I f this is not prayer—this half-awake yet fully-alive cycle of feeding and being fed, of fussing and fumbling through the dark—then I don’t know what prayer is . Do you, little one? Once, before your were born, I tried keep the offices for forty days. Baby, I gave up after five! Only the joyless saints o...

Full article: https://rachelheldevans.com/blog/night-watch-nursing

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