In the readings this morning we have the prayers of Brother Jonah from the belly of the fish. Jonah is not so eloquent as to have composed these prayers himself, he was probably pretty stressed, distressed maybe. We don't know whether he was a level headed guy or whether he was loosing it. In any event, I don't think he had time to compose beautiful prayers. What he did is what most of us do, he turned to his prayer book, the Psalter.
It has been a long time since I learned a new prayer. I think I need some new ones. I don't mean a book of prayers, I mean in the quiver of my own heart so I can pull them out whenever I need them... In case of being suddenly thrown into the belly of a fish.