Thursday, February 25, 2010

When You Pray

In the Narthex (the entryway) is a table of resources about prayer.  On the table is a book, called "When You Pray - Daily Practices for Prayerful Living."  I picked up one of these books a few weeks ago - and I'lm really enjoying it.  The readings are for a week - so not daily, but I find myself reading it everyday for a week...

Each week goes something like this:
A scripture reminding us of God's presence.
A scripture inviting God's intervention into our lives.
Scripture references to be read throughout the week.
An essay on the topic for the week.
Quotes relating to prayer and the topic of the week.
A reminder to take time for reflection.
Reminders to pray.
An offering of ourselves to God.
And a blessing.

This week's topic is "Looking for the Right Way."  Here's one of the quotes offered for this week:
"In modern life we have become so busy with our daily affairs and thoughts that we have fogotten this essential art of taking time to converse with our heart.  When we ask it about our current path, we must look at the values we have chosen to live by.  Where do we put our time, our strength, our creativity, our love?  We must look at our life without sentimentality, exaggeration, or idealism.  Does what we are choosing reflect what we most deeply value?"  --Kornfield, "A Path with a Heart"

Challenging.  And beautiful - especially in this season of Lent.

If you'd like a copy of this book, they are $10 - pick one up at church!

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