March 7

Reflection

When we were children, we ”said” our prayers. As we mature spiritually, we realize that prayer involves a wrestling with our concept of God. The comfortable God of our beginnings has been replaced by an Incomprehensible Holy Mystery that stretches our souls. With our present insights into the nature of the universe, to say the old familiar words ”God is everywhere” has a new meaning. To say God is love is an all embracing challenge. With Moses we seek the name of God and the answer comes: “I am who am.” Slowly we grow into the realization that, though our minds cannot encompass this Reality, indeed we stand on holy ground.

Prayer

I will give thanks with my whole heart.
Psalm 9

Action

Set aside time each day for quiet prayer. Read some contemporary theology.

Suggested Reading

I keep the Lord always before me. . .Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices…You have made  known to me the path of life;  you will fill me with joy in your presence,  with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
Psalm 16.

Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement.
Jacques Ellul

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.
Thomas Merton

All upon this Planet, irrespective of color or belief, have but one mission to perform and that mission is to know God.
The Aetherius Society Newsletter

We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another.
William Law

Always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with a text. I would make an absolute law of this – always obey such an impulse.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones

This is our Lord’s will that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large.
Julian of Norwich

If we remember the sacred we will find our self in a world as whole as it is holy. This is not a world that sustains our models of economic growth and consumer desires. This is rather a world of wonder and magic, and a world that needs our attention—that needs to be sustained as much as it sustains us, sustains our souls as well as our bodies. But first we need to make this shift in consciousness, to see the earth with new eyes.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

 

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