More than 1200 years ago, the Islamic saint Rabia of Basra wrote:
In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist…
(from “Love Poems from God”, trans. Daniel Ladinsky)
Rabia was a female Sufi saint who suffered a life of physical and sexual abuse and yet managed to leave us a legacy of amazing poetry. She looked beyond the specifics of her circumstances and wrote of timeless truths. Prayer can do that.