Slowing and Silence (7 November 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, Lord Most High!
It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love and at night to announce how faithful you are. I enjoy praising your name to the music of harps, because everything you do makes me happy, and I sing joyful songs.

(Psalm 92.1-4)

Reflect: 

Adoration and praise come from a grateful heart. It is difficult to be grateful for much when we are constantly distracted, impatient and caught up in the whirl of our life. We cannot be grateful if we don’t notice or see the ordinary graces and gifts of each day. Slowing down helps us to be more attentive, to be more joyful and to experience more gratitude. Richard J. Foster, writing on prayer, invites us not to analyse but simply to be attentive and to watch and observe. 

Respond: 

Try to live this day in gratitude and thanksgiving. Balance every negative with ten things you are grateful for and every criticism with ten compliments. Bring regular grateful thanks God this day.

Midday Meditation:

‘We do not learn adoration on the grand cosmic scale by centring on the grand and cosmic, at least not at first. It simply wears us out and defeats us to start in this way. No, we start more simply. We learn about the goodness of God…by watching a butterfly….watch the birds and the squirrels and the ducks. Watch, do not evaluate, watch. 

(Richard J. Foster Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home)

Evening Reflection:

Blessed are you, Lord our God.
How sweet are your words to the taste,
sweeter than honey to the mouth.
How precious are your commands for our life,
more than the finest gold in our hands.
How marvelous is your will for the world,
unending is your love for the nations.
Our voices shall sing of your promises
and our lips declare your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

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