Good Evening, God
Yes, the BIG event of the day was that my wonderful husband Kit and I got our teeth cleaned! WOO HOO! We have been getting them cleaned 4 times a year and the last time was back in January. That was only seven months . . . only seven months. And, in truth, during that time there were days when I could hardly remember if I had even BRUSHED my teeth.
Still, I am ever so thankful and happy to have clean teeth!
As I was reclining there . . . I got to thinking . . . how do we get our Soul cleaned? How indeed? Maybe my Centering Prayer is like brushing my teeth. Something I do daily and preferably twice daily. And Centering as part of a group is somehow a bit more effective for me than when I center myself.
Then there is being with my Spiritual Director. My talking and sharing what is going on inside of me feels cleansing. I’m an external processor and speaking my feelings out loud — so I can hear them — is helpful. Then, too, sometimes her comments feel like a flossing.
What else? Time in prolonged prayer seems to have a cumulative effect. The Morning of Prayer on the third Saturday of the week seems to get into parts of me that I miss normally. Extended periods dedicated to prayer — as in a Retreat — again have a cumulative power.
Then later today I remembered Confession! The only time I actually formally confessed was way back in 2008 at a Christian Healing Prayer workshop. Now THAT was CLEANSING. I remember telling You, God, on the flight home that I wanted a way of sharing the power of confessing. And You answered before the flight was over! Collard greens, sweet potatoes and liver had been eaten in Atlanta’s airport. And before I landed the need to “get rid of them” was overwhelming! Sure enough. I just made it to the ladies room before I upchucked the whole thing! And boy, did it feel marvelous to have it all OUT! It is a great analogy. Sometimes we need that sort of cathartic confession.
And, the idea has now entered my mind that I don’t have to fly to Florida to confess. I can embrace that as something I do . . . quarterly? As often as I go to the dentist? I want to work on this!
But, God, all the ways I listed are just ways of trying to connect more closely to You. Because You are the One who cleanses!