This week, Upper Room Daily Reflections features excerpts from One Breath at a Time by J. Dana Trent.
WE ALL YEARN for space to practice. Much like the early church monastics withdrew to the wilderness because the institutionalized church no longer filled that need, today’s Christians feel that same tug. We have become too entrenched in our own noise—our jam-packed worship routines and prayer formulas—that we have drowned out God’s voice. We need quiet practices like breath meditation, centering meditation, lectio divina meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and devotional meditation to facilitate our listening to and experiencing God.
I’ve learned that I shouldn’t worry about not knowing enough or seeking a perfect practice. These are traps that place me and my ego in the center of spiritual practice, not God. Humility keeps me reliant on God for guidance; curiosity and persistence help me remain in a mind-set focused on growth. My meditation practice allows me to deepen my connection with God and others.
—J. Dana Trent
One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation
From page 98 of One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation by J. Dana Trent. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
In what ways are your prayers like the prayers of your childhood? How are they different? Share your thoughts.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
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