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A Prayer for Apophenia

Apophenia - the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data
from the Oracle of All Contemporary Knowledge, Wikipedia

Lord, replace my eyes with seeing orbs
that perceive the breadth of the spectrum
of electromagnetic radiation,
from cosmic rays to radio waves,

then, in addition, grant me the sight
to discern ideas, intentions, qualms,
and inference with clarity equal
to that with which I detect solid objects.

Seeing everything, Lord, grant me
the processing power to assemble
all of this information into a single,
coherent description of existence.

Most importantly, O Lord, do not
neglect that portion of the ocular
nerve responsible for detecting
Your Presence acting among us.

Lord, let me see You everywhere.
Let it be Your strength that carries
the day, Your compassion that offers
succor to the vulnerable, Your might

that is unfathomably held in check
as the ignoble plans of the short-
sighted sweep through our communities,
industries and governments to ill gain.

Lord, let me see mystery in all things.
Let me glimpse Your intervention
when cooler heads prevail. Let me hear
Your voice when forbearance is extolled.

Let me feel the warmth of Your being
when one of Your servants places
a steadying hand on my shoulder
and, over the surrounding roar,

whispers to me a garbled message
that these old ears cannot decipher,
but, Lord, let me make sense of it
all the same and let that sense give rise to joy.

A Prayer for Apophenia
David Keffer
Knoxville, TN
October 27, 2014