Praying With Both Eyes Closed

Praying With Both Eyes Closed But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. Psalm 69:13 In January of this year, I began this series of Life Notes with a reflection about praying with one eye open. I … Continue reading Praying With Both Eyes Closed

Praying the Details

Praying the Details  Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not lose heart. Luke 18:1 I tend to think of God as a big-picture being. By this I mean to say that God is unfathomably expansive, inclusive, and larger-than-life. Such a God would not get bogged down in the … Continue reading Praying the Details

Praying Together

Praying Together  Pray then in this way… Matthew 6:9a Earlier this year I spent several days with a group of Benedictine monks south of Boston. I was allowed to join them during parts of their daily schedule, including the five daily worship services. One part of most worship services was what they consider praying together, … Continue reading Praying Together

Staying Awake

Staying Awake  Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38 Mindfulness is a popular buzzword these days. Be present to the moment. Be here now. Seize the day. We have many contemporary ways of saying what Jesus … Continue reading Staying Awake

Treasure in Heaven

Treasure in Heaven  Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 In this story from Mark, a man asks Jesus what he must do to enter … Continue reading Treasure in Heaven