On Monday morning, quite a few of us gathered in the sanctuary for a time of guided prayer. The prayers are from Scripture- a verse or two at the most, and we waited in silence for about 90 seconds between each one. It is all very simple.
Yet, it was difficult. It was difficult for me for at least two reasons. First, I am uncomfortable with silence. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. The longer the silence went on, the more anxious I became. Have I become so used to the noise of life that silence is strange and unsettling? And second, the prayer was difficult because it forced me, even for a few minutes, to slow down to a more purposeful pace. The pace of that prayer time is a stark contrast to the pace of the rest of my day.
I came away from the prayer time unsettled- but unsettled in a good way. I realized areas where I need to grow, and I see a path for that growth to happen.
If you think you’re the kind of person who could benefit from slowing down and listening for the voice of the Lord, join us this coming Monday. We meet every Monday in Lent from 11:40 – 12:00 in the sanctuary.