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December 14, 2013

PASTOR'S PEN: Sometimes pray with eyes open

Not long ago, I noted a dirty area on our kitchen wall. I actually do not know how it occurred, nor when. But while doing my Prayer Walk (going throughout the house while praying for specific needs of others) I noticed this ugly stain and began to wonder what I could do to take care of it. Once I knew it was there — it seemed to grow in size, so I was truly determined to get rid of it. But scrubbing takes time ... and how long had it been there? Sometimes it’s easy to miss what is right in front of our eyes.

I recently read an article reminding me that living a life of prayer can include one’s entire body. Edward Hays shares, “Look around you! Our eyes are keyholes opening to a wonder world. With these twin gifts we peek out at the Divine Mystery which surrounds us in everything and everyone.” Especially during Advent, I’m reminded that we are invited to be especially alert to new ways God might invite us to pray.

On Saturday, I woke especially early. And considering the fact that I’d planned to sleep in, found myself irritated with my wide-awake brain. Finally frustrated by tossing and turning, I slipped into my robe and headed to the living room where I could enjoy our brightly lit Christmas tree. Perhaps, in spite of my annoyance at waking early, I can appreciate a new day.

I am reminded of the symbolism of Jesus being Light of the World. Christ’s birth offered Light that dispelled darkness — and this continues some 2,000 years later. During my early morning reflection, I pause. Lights illuminate and always draw me in. Perhaps God is inviting my personal introspection when I’d have preferred to rest.

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