Jesus of the Pause

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Lent is for paying attention.  And getting quiet.  And being honest about who we are, where we are, how we are and whose we are.  This is a reflection that calls me there.

My Life as a Prayer

One day I just stopped. I stopped talking, requesting, asking, pleading, demanding, arguing. I stopped talking to God. And that was that for a while.

Because I wasn’t talking, one day I started listening. No talking. No requesting. No asking. No pleading. No demanding. No arguing.

Listen. Silence. Stillness. Notice.

What I heard was this: your life is a prayer. And so the ground shifted underneath me and inside me. I started to move in “prayer”: to give more freely, to listen more deeply, to love more wholly, to walk more authentically, to seek more curiously…

I began to move through the world as a prayer.

And in my silence, one day I started to speak again. No requesting. No asking. No pleading. No demanding. I realized that every word out of my mouth could be a prayer. And so the ground shifted underneath me and inside me.

And this is how I pray.

Submitted by Trina Maclean of SimpleMindful who calls me (and so many others I know) to a deeper listening week after week.   She consistently calls us to pause and pay attention and this is THE important spiritual work of our time.

Those who have ears, let them hear

-Matt 11:15

(and Mt. 13:9 and Mt. 13:43 and Mk 4:9 and Lk 8:8 and Lk 14:35)

 

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