Practicing silence is like climbing into the lap of God, resting against God’s breast, becoming one with God’s heartbeat. . . . As you begin to practice silence, remember these aspects:
- Don’t worry about doing it right. There are several approaches; the key is to try one and stick with it. Be gentle on yourself when the going gets tough.
- Don’t judge your thoughts. When we judge our thoughts or get angry and frustrated by distractions, that’s just more thinking pulling us out of the silence. Instead, simply let go of the thoughts by returning attention to the prayer word.
- Don’t neglect a “where” and “when.” If you are going to practice silent resting in God, you need to have a clearly designated time and place. Establishing these is a key step to beginning and continuing the practice.
—L. Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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A sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his.
—Hebrews 4:9-10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
— “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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Reign of Christ
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