Not all those who wander are lost.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN
“Contemplative Prayer is really a life of learning to be receptively open to God’s presence in our lives. God is always present to us, but we are not always present to God.” Jim Finley.
I understand now that the pursuit of any journey will probably entail a slow, sometimes frustrating and joyful mix of intention and patience. I never had much patience, and have even less now. But I am willing to give it a serious try. Contemplative Prayer is not an easy practice. It requires persistence in an ardent desire to be in the presence of God. No words of verbal request, explanation or rationalizing accompanies me on this journey. The only action involved is stillness and silence and resting in God. God is there and waiting. God has been waiting all these years but my verbal prayers have always been about what God could and would do for me. I am working on letting go of that way of being with the One who knows me and loves me beyond any idea of love I have ever had.
So, that is my intention with this practice called, Contemplative Prayer. Stay tuned for the ups and downs, the highs and lows, and the endless need for patience that I will surely require. A Betty Davis line is required here; “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” I will experience a bump now and then, and with intention, that can only be a good thing. I hope to see you here, and that this space offers something you can connect with and enjoy.
I am an Episcopalian Priest serving at a church in Connecticut. I have become interested in contemplative prayer over the years and decided to share some of my thoughts.
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