Posts tagged contemplation
Silent Prayer...

"When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like people think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them..." Jesus, Matthew 6:6-8

Silent prayer is how we cultivate sensitivity, receptivity, and a sincere consent to God's abiding love and presence.

When we don't stop talking or acting, our focus quickly becomes fundamentally (yet, innocently) self-centered because our prayer is driven by feelings, impressions, and desires and our ability to articulate them. This naturally veers our attention toward how we feel about God, what we want from God, or what we want God to change. Those aren't bad things, but they are each centered around ourselves (self-centered).

Letting silence be a prayer language is a way of learning to let God to be God as God is and you to be you as you are. It is consenting to a trust that God does not need to be or do anything more than He already is and is doing. And that He loves us as we are and not as we should be (to quote the great Brennan Manning). God is Good. God is Love. Does He need to prove it through our circumstances before we choose to just accept Him in the same way that He accepts us?

"...you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one." Jesus, Luke 10:41&42

Be Still and (then you'll) Know...

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image..."
2 Corinthians 3:18

The word contemplate literally means "to reflect." Sometimes, we can get caught up in believing that it is in our studying or theologizing about God that we are transformed into His image, but the reality is that it has a lot more to do with our being internally still.

The Lafayette Reservoir in December 2012.

It is when we are still that we are able to reflect God's abiding Love and Presence. Just like the reservoir in the picture to the left shows, as it calms into a stillness, the beauty above it and beyond it is reflected and expanded.

We need only to "be still and know that I am God," as the psalmist instructs in Psalm 46:10. And, I'm sorry to say, it really isn't enough to only do this only once a week or infrequently. Just like the sky is always expressing something different for the reservoir to reflect, so is God. His infinite and endlessly creative Love is ceaselessly finding new ways of expressing itself.

Without regular stillness, we operate out of reflections we had of God long ago but which become completely irrelevant to how He desires to express Himself to and through you today; Now. "Be still and (then you'll) know."