Good Evening, God
I was stopped by a thought while going upstairs to pray. First, I must send out a CALL TO PRAY! And encourage others to share this CALL TO PRAY. Why my sense of urgency? Perhaps it started while I was reading the book, A Dissenter in the House of God, by Alvin Rosenfeld.. It’s a moving account of a holocaust surviver’s journey from walling off unbearable memories into the world of pain and compassion. I was touched by the power of prayer, even on a man not yet able to forgive You, God.
Then just a few days ago in rummaging through one of my bookcases I came across a book I bought years ago: Mary’s Message to the World. And that put me in mind of how — before the bloodshed in former Yugoslavia — Mary had appeared over and over to children. And her message was always, PRAY!
I’m smiling, God. No, I haven’t had a visitation by Mary. But, I do hear the call . . . PRAY!!!! Indeed, I am on my way to do just that. I will be doing Centering Prayer. My intention will be to sit in silence while consenting to Your presence and action within me. What happens is only between You and my Inner Self. It is rather amazing that my bossy conscious mind will make time for this. She is just going on trust and as much love as she can muster.
I feel so very strongly that You, God, welcome all our attempts to pray — silence, formalized words, and just plain cries for help. You seem to want us — to want You. And maybe that is at the heart of prayer. . . wanting to be closer to You.