Though at first glance, this may seem a little off-topic, some of my other prayers have been quite popular, so I thought I’d share one of my favourite proverbs, which I have rechristened my Wine O’Clock Prayer.
I have also come to view prayer as a creative power, and I know I’m not alone in feeling that creativity is very often a spiritual practice.
So, in the interest of harnessing invisible magic of all kinds, here is one of my go-to prayers, used regularly at the end of the day, accompanied by a glass of wine, and a moment of letting go and letting God.
I first heard this phrase when I was binge-watching The Tudors tv series a few years ago. (SO good!)
It was uttered by the character of the Duke of Suffolk, played by Henry Cavill (which may have added to its appeal…).
As soon as I heard it, I knew it was a life philosophy I could get behind.
So, I did a little research to find out where it came from and what it means.
Its origins are a little hazy, but it is generally cited as a French proverb.
Like all prayers and proverbs, we’re free to apply our individual perspective, but if you’d like some suggestions for the original meaning, here are some possible interpretations, from my own musings and the great vault of wisdom, aka the internet.
PRAISE THE GOD OF ALL:
Reconnect with the divine.
Give thanks for everything around us.
Pause for a moment of gratitude and wonder.
DRINK THE WINE
Appreciate what’s good about being alive.
Raise a toast to today’s blessings.
Savour the moment.
AND LET THE WORLD BE THE WORLD
Let life be.
Stop fighting what is. (Just for a little while.)
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So, I hope you enjoy my Wine O’Clock Prayer.
And feel free to adapt to your favourite beverage if you’re not a wine drinker, or if you need to use it more often than wine o’clock.
I believe it has cumulative effects and the benefits deepen over time – I find it much easier to let the world be the world than I did before using this prayer regularly.
Little and often certainly works its magic, over time.
And if you know more about the origins, or have an interpretation you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. Please share either in the comments below or emailing me directly.
Cheers & blessings!