Right where I am today, the longing of my heart is to know greater wholeness; to merge with what is holy and find rest.
There are seasons where it is far more difficult to see life as wholly sacred or to see God coming to me, as Paula D’Arcy says, disguised as my life.
What is greater wholeness? Wholeness is (for me personally) more than a mere sense of integration. It is about a capacity to hold paradoxes. It’s about seeing how all is held together by a Great Mystery.
In order to see more clearly, I find that keeping my heart soft as well as surrendering it daily is a good start.
Call it daily transformation, daily bread, being here now, or living in prayer…but I think the main idea is to yield, to admit I know nothing at all, and to say YES to Presence over and over again.
For me, living in prayer does not necessarily mean conversing with God with spoken words all day. (However, over the summer, when my world turned upside down, living in prayer meant texting stream of consciousness prayers, sometimes through the day and night.) Living in prayer also goes beyond carving out quantities of time for stretches of silence and meditation to simply listen.
Rather, living in prayer is about receptivity and communion…it is aligning, rededicating, and returning to God again and again, no matter where the day takes me.
It is humbly (at times, desperately) opening up my whole being and spirit to guidance and becoming a permeable vessel wherever I roam.
Living in prayer centers me in goodness and allows me to go beyond myself, step over myself and repeatedly turn my gaze to higher love.
I wonder what living in prayer looks like for you?
Are their rhythms built into your day to help you stay rooted in truth and awake to the voice of Love?
I encourage you to discern with God’s help how such rhythms might shift your perspective and bring richness to your journey.
Beautiful Shepherd of my soul, thank you for your loving invitation to join you in quiet where you wait eager to meet me.
I seek the grace to become more still, more surrendered, and more permeable as I consent to your healing love.
May I let go of the flurry of thoughts inevitably arriving as I seek to offer you my everything.
Help me to grow into what you would have me become; guide me to speak and act with strength and wisdom.
Open my eyes to your better ways so I might live purely and abundantly with joy, with gratitude.
As I face the responsibilities set before me this day and care for others, help me to yield to you; animate all I do.
When beauty finds me this day, may I be ever aware you are shining through it.
If heartache should come, may I be ever aware you are with me and in it all.
For I am never alone on this journey, Oh God, and there is no place where your great love does not follow me.
May I honor and acknowledge you throughout the day and night and in so doing, see how I am loved and chosen as your child.
May I know my great worth this day and make decisions from this sacred place of dignity.
May I recognize the worth of every one of your children crossing my path and reflect your kindness and mercy.
May I align with you so frequently that I forget myself and begin to live in the heights, come what may.
I pray all of this from a humble state of unknowing and frailty, far still from who I long to be, yet open and willing to be transformed by your touch.
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Peace to you right where you are.
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