CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER is resting silently in the loving arms of God. No words are needed to express this love. A mother may gently sing or speak to her baby, but she spends hours in silence simply holding the child who is content to be cradled in the mother’s arms. At times hunger or irritation gets expressed in a cry. But for many hours there is a silent communication of trust and intimacy.
In Christian spirituality the word contemplation denotes quiet awareness of God. This consciouisness goes deeper than words or thoughts can express, a quiet rest in God. Contemplation implies rapt attention to God, enfolded in God’s loving embrace. Meditation in Christian tradition implies thinking about something, reflecting on its meaning. Contemplation expresses a deeper awareness beyond words, an intimate presence. We get a foretaste of heaven where we are “lost in wonder, love, and praise.”
– J. David Muyskens
Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God
From pages 44-45 of Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by J. David Muyskens. Copyright © 2006 by J. David Muyskens. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Describe your own experiences of contemplation. Share your thoughts.
“Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”
Mark 10:15, NRSV
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This week we remember: Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1).
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