Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Finding the light

Read the story to the right about the visitor looking for the light in the phone booth.   Although pay phones are becoming a thing of the past, most of us (at least those who are over 40) have been in one of those booths.  They are close quarters, aren't they?  They can be stuffy, too!  And depending upon their location they can be terribly filthy.

Yet it is true....  there will be no illumination in the booth unless you close the door.

This idea of going "in" and shutting the door applies to prayer.  In fact, as Jesus taught us to pray, he said:   But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  Matthew 6:6.  

Have you identified a room where you pray?  As you go deeper with this idea, consider the ways that you enter prayer and "close the door" to distractions so that the focus of heart, soul and mind becomes God -- conversation with God.  

We talked about balance this week -- our activities need balance between action and non-action.  Our prayer needs balance as well.  We speak to God -- God is there.  God speaks to us.  We listen.  (ah!  there's the rub!)  The light of God's presence is there.  

Do you have thoughts about prayer or practices that you have found helpful in terms of "finding the light" of Christ?

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