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!