Time to Pray
Kerstin Jeske of Oslo, Norway
Praise the Lord, all you nations!
Extol him, all you peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! -Psalm 117
I have been searching for a good spiritual discipline that I could do on a regular basis, one that fits the schedule of “a normal, busy, full-time-working mom, friend, and pastor.” I tried a walking prayer on my way to work. I walked along humming the song “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” meditating on the words. It was a good spiritual experience! But after several months I was looking for something with a bit more “substance.” A friend suggested an app called Pray As You Go, and I thought of checking that out.
The next morning on my way to work, public transport was chaotic. The underground didn’t come on time, and no one knew when the next train would come since there had been an accident. People were frantic, rushing to different means of transportation, making calls, excusing themselves for being late. I thought, “Well, there is nothing I can do except wait. I might as well use this time to pray.” I plugged in my earplugs and opened the Pray As You Go app. I heard bells ringing and a beautiful Taize choir sung in German (my mother tongue) “Gott ist Liebe” (God is love).
I was drawn in at once! I felt completely calm and filled with the spirit in the midst of all the tumult around. It was great! I lost track of time completely. I enjoyed listening to the beautiful music, the scripture reading, and the reflection questions. It was a true blessing. I don’t think we had to wait long for the next train. (I am sure it would have felt like forever if I would not have had a plug in my ear.) In the end, I started my day at work much delayed but calm, centered, and blessed with the presence of God’s spirit. I have now found a new spiritual discipline that works for me and I “pray as I go” quite frequently.
“The glory of God is the human person fully alive” (St. Irenaeus).
Enter a time of prayer and hold St. Irenaeus’ quote in your heart. How do your mind, body, heart, and soul work together for your aliveness in God each day? What does it mean in your life and ministry that God desires for each of us to be fully alive?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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