Silent Prayer

Silent Prayer  Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26 Most of us learned to pray with words, by which I mean we spoke our prayers. Because language is how we … Continue reading Silent Prayer

The 5 S’s to a God Experience

The Five S’s to a God Experience  Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a Over the past few weeks I have covered a few states of being that put us in a position of least resistance to experience God’s presence. They are silence, stillness, solitude, simplicity, and surrender. Interestingly, none of these … Continue reading The 5 S’s to a God Experience

Keeping Silence

Keeping Silence  Then Moses and the levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying: Keep silence and hear, O Israel! This very day you have become the people of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 27:9 The late Father Thomas Keating, a pillar in contemporary contemplative life, wrote, “God’s first language is silence.”1 In the creation story … Continue reading Keeping Silence

How Did I Miss That? Part 13: The Language of God is Silence

How Did I Miss That? Part 13: The Language of God is Silence Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a Words encapsulate and narrow our lives. If we are not talking to someone, our internal dialogue is running rampant. If we are not interrupting the speaker, we are planning how to respond … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 13: The Language of God is Silence

Old Prayers

Old Prayers There was a tree at the center of the earth, and its height was great. The tree grew strong, its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the ends of the whole earth. Its foliage was beautiful, its fruit abundant, and it provided food for all. The animals of the field … Continue reading Old Prayers

Beyond Words

  Beyond Words Be still, and know that I am God!  Psalm 46:1a I am a man of too many words. I think in words, I speak in words, and, too often, I experience life through the filter of words. I attempt to capture beauty in words and in doing so I invariably lose much … Continue reading Beyond Words

Christmas in July

Christmas in July  My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. –Luke 1:47-49 … Continue reading Christmas in July