Morning Musing 5.12.21
[During this time of uncertainty and insecurity due to Covid-19, we all are longing to be grounded at the very center of our being. One way Pastor Mike attempts to experience such rootedness is by sitting with his journal, usually in the early moments of each day. In this blog Pastor Mike shares an early morning journal entry, a way of holding and anticipating the light of God’s love washing over our waking hours.]
May 12, 2021
There was calmness to the morning, the sun not able to assert its full blazing sway over the morning sky, discouraged by the mantle of clouds. It felt as if the world around me was in slow motion, not many sounds, no wind, few birds to be seen. It was as if I was walking under cover of a morning blanket of hesitation, uncertain how this day needs to unfold. The Japanese wisteria is beautiful white, clumps of succulent flowers hanging from the pergola in our backyard. This day begins with a personality all its own!
I was reading a book the other day that reflects one of my pet-peeves. It is a book on prayer, this chapter entitled, “Breathe.” It begins by saying that the least favorite three words in prayer life are “Let us pray. . . .” Despite the fact that kids often hear these words “lettuce pray,” when we say “Let us pray…” there is the suggestion that we are praying only when we define it as such. Too often the assumption is that prayer only happens when the correct position is assumed, with eyes closed, hands folded, head bowed, possibly arms outstretched. And then we add words. Too often we then go to books and books, pages and pages of written prayers.
I’m not saying that reading written prayers isn’t praying, only that reading written prayers and praying are not always the same! I don’t like restrictions in praying. I want to breathe prayers in; I want to breathe prayers out. I want to take this day, every day, every moment of this and everyday and breathe life—God’s life—into it! I want my life to be a prayer!
The World I Live in. “I have refused to live / locked in the orderly house of reasons and proofs.
The world I live in and believe in is wider than that. / And anyway, what’s wrong with Maybe?
You wouldn’t believe what once or twice I have seen. / I’ll just tell you this:
Only if there are angels in your head will you ever, possibly see one.” ~Mary Oliver +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
“Lettuce pray!” Maybe that is my sincerest prayer to begin my day!
Blessings & love on your day, pastor mike