During Lent each week, I will share devotions from various Lent authors. This one is from Peter Scazzero.
Silent Prayer (2 minutes)
Scripture Reading: John 7:3-8
: "I am not yet going (to this Feast), because for me the right time has not yet come."
Jesus moved slowly, not striving or rushing. He patienyl waited through his adolescent and young adult years to reveal himself as the Messiah. Even then, he did not rush to be recognized. He waited patiently for his Father's timing during his short ministry. Why is it then that we hate "slow" when God appears to delight in it? Eugene Peterson offers us at least two reasons:
I am busy because I am vain. I want to appear important. What better way than to be busy? The incredible hours, the crowded schedule, and the heavy demands of my time are proof to myself and to all who will notice that I am important. Such experiences affect me. I live in a society in which crowded schedules and harassed conditions are evidence of importance, so I develop a crowded schedule and harassed conditions. When others notice, they acknowledge my significance, and my vanity is fed.
Mother Theresa once said, "God is the friend of silence. Prayer feeds the soul-as blood is to the body, prayer is to the soul-and it brings you closer to God."
Question to consider
What is one step you can take today to slow down and live more attentively to the voice of God today?
Lord grant me the grace to do one thing at a time today, without rushing or hurrying. Help me to savor the sacred in all I do, be it large or small. By the power of the Holy Spirit, empower me to pause today as I move from one activity to the next. Declutter my heart, O God, until I am quiet enough to hear you speak out of the silence. Forgive me for running my life without you sometimes. Help me to be still, to surrender to your will, and to rest in your loving arms. Amen.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)
(AUTHOR: PETER SCAZZERO)