Ever wake up late or get out of bed already preoccupied with stuff and you simply let your Centering Prayer time slip away? Before you know it, you are dressed for your early morning appointment and out the door. That was me this morning. I prayed with my St. Patrick’s prayer and the Lord’s Prayer while moving through my morning. Now, as I sit for Centering Prayer I pick up the book The Cloud of Unknowing and these words jump off the page and into my soul.
“ I hope you’ll never stop doing this loving work as long as you live. I’m not saying that it’s possible to keep the same high intensity all the time. You can’t always keep your zest for contemplation. Sometimes you’ll be sick or worn out mentally or physically and sometimes life just intervenes, pulling you down and preventing you from scaling spiritual heights. Stick to it, in all circumstances…When something intrudes and you can’t practice contemplation prepare for it still. Remain spiritually alert…For the love of God try not to get sick. Discipline yourself as much as possible so you won’t be the cause of your own weakness…You must learn what rest is. So because you love God take care of yourself.”
This, my dear soul friends is the synchronicity of the Holy Spirit. I experience life and the Spirit intervenes beckoning me to stay the course. I simply recognize that no matter what, “ in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 I will admit a day without Centering Prayer is like a day without oxygen. So disciplining ourselves is necessary for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Without it we participate in creating our own weakness.
So press on, set your heart’s intention in alignment with God’s desire stirring deep within you and you can not go wrong. Remember there is no judgement or condemnation in Christ. God’s will, God’s yearning for you is always and in all ways drawing you deeper into His Presence and Love lives in you and through you. Love God, love you and live.