Prayer

Laura Lapins Willis, in her book Finding God in a Bag of Groceries, describes contemplative prayer as “a way of communicating with God by allowing God to speak to us, rather than our speaking to God.” (pg. 121) She also refers to it as a form of prayer that “is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.” (pg. 122) Her daily spiritual practice includes spending at least 20 minutes in silent prayer.

Laura’s prayer life has taught her a lot. She discovered that spending time in silent prayer gave her a deeper compassion for other people. She grew to appreciate how service and silence work well together. She also realized that she could learn more by being quiet. Laura writes, “Prayer helped me shed my anger and confusion and helplessness. During those twenty-minute times of quiet, I imagined myself resting in God’s great hands, where I was safe and cared for, and God was in control.” (pg. 124)

What about our prayer life? Don’t all of us have frustrating days at work, school or home? How do we deal with them? What do we do with our anger, confusion, and helplessness? How often do we spend time in silent prayer listening for God? It’s not difficult. Poet Edwina Gateley describes the process in her beautiful poem, “Let Your God Love You.”

Be silent.

Be still.

Alone.

Empty

Before your God.

Say nothing.

Ask nothing.

Be silent.

Be still.

Let your God look upon you.

That is all.

God knows.

God understands.

God loves you

With an enormous love,

And only wants

To look upon you

With that love.

Quiet.

Still.

Be.

Let your God— Love you.

Peace, Lee

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