Uncluttered Space: 16 February

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A Place of Prayer

Abbot Pastor said, "Any trial whatever that comes to you can be conquered by silence. "

Reading: Luke 12:21-24

21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

Thought

My college chapel was a functional rotunda type room which doubled as a lecture room so had seating equipped with a dismountable writing desks. It was functional but never seemed a thin place between me and God.

Andre Louf, in Teach Us to Pray says:

"We receive prayer along with grace… The state of grace as we call it, at the level of the heart, actually signifies a state of prayer. This state of prayer within us is something we always carry about, like a hidden treasure of which we are not consciously aware – or hardly so. Somewhere our heart is going full pelt, but we do not feel it."

What I needed was a place to hear my heart "going full pelt." Curiously, I found that it the college library. A place of stillness, of air and, thanks to some stained glass windows, of colourful light.  Years later, I discovered the library had in former times indeed been the chapel. Somehow it had remained a thin place.

Action

I’m going to find a place where I can find some uninterrupted quiet and make it special.

Prayer

Lord, bless me with eyes that see what you see and ears to hear what you hear.