Turning my prayer life right side up


Father Keating

Good Evening, God!

What an amazing retreat!  I went to be trained as a presenter.  They asked for help . . . and I thought . . . why not?  Well, to be honest, this is a very full time and there were a number of good reasons for “why NOT”.  But, I’ve been enjoying the good work of others for years and it felt like time to give back.  Of course, I was the one who was blessed by the retreat.  In going over the talks well enough to present them I rediscovered so much.  I was like being given the give of Centering Prayer all over again!

But the best surprise was when I read this sentence from Father Keating’s book Open Mind, Open Heart: “Contemplative prayer is the world in which God can do anything.”

I believe that is true, God.  But it had been true for me as a theological truth.  Somehow when I read it at the retreat it became a visceral truth.  And, as I rolled that truth around in my mind and heart I heard myself asking You God, “Since that is true, why is our world such a mess?”  And on that question I went to bed and off to sleep.

This morning I felt as if You replied by saying something to the effect that . . . Perhaps if folks didn’t make plans and then ask me to bless them . . . but rather came to Me first to hear if I had plans . . . and then sought My help in each small step . . . things might be better.  

WOW!  It felt as if You had just turned my prayer life right side up!

 

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