For many of members their life and commitment to prayer is lived in the
midst of busy working lives. The beginning of their journey has sometimes
been like most people to ask " How do I have time to pray there ? There
are not enough hours in the day."
Here at the Society of Prayer we offer a simple pattern of prayer people
can follow or adapt to suit their circumstances. Prayer is not simply about
petitions i,e asking for things. It is about becoming aware of God who is
always with us even in the business of every day life.
It is about spending a few moments with a loved one like we would with a human companion. We always
can find time for example to text someone. Why then is it impossible to find time
with God ? It is not just words , but the simple turning of the heart to one we love.
A gaze of love. An act of kindness towards someone who is also a Son or Daughter of God.
Some people are early morning people, and some clearly are not ! But when we awake we can
begin our day with Christ by silently offering to Him the day that is to come. God is as much
in the ordinary things of life as He is in big things. We can ask to be used as an instrument
of God to bring His light to all those we will meet this day.
As we go to the bathroom we wash and prepare ourselves this day. We can bring before God in those few moments all the sin and brokenness of humanity. Asking God will heal all divisions , and unite all the peoples of the world. We can acknowledge our own faults, and forgive anyone who has done wrong against us.
The journey to work is symbolic of our life's journey. Today another page will be written even
in the most ordinary of circumstances. We pray we will find the presence of God in all that comes our way. Some pages contain love and beauty, and some pain and suffering . But God can turn the suffering into wisdom. And the wisdom into a beautiful life for the Church and humanity.
The simple meal at lunch time reminds us of the earthly meal Christ left us in the Eucharist/ Service of Holy Communion. For some this is an important part of their journey. We pray for the day when all believers will truly gather as one around the tables of His word and sacrament. We pray for Priests. For communities that have no Priests.
As the afternoon draws to a close and we look forward to going home we begin to reflect on
another homecoming that awaits us all. In this all men and women are equal. We pray that in death all men and women will find peace, and be led home to gates of paradise.
In few moments of silence in the evening or perhaps listening to some sacred music as we prepare the evening meal we bring before God the events of the day. The people we have met on this day's journey. We reflect on any lessons we have understood this day.
As we go to bad we surrender our life into the hands of the Lord. An old childhood song goes
" As I lay my head to sleep I praise the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake I praise the Lord my soul to take."
And so the end of the day we have spent the day with Christ, and fulfilled our promise to be a people of prayer.
Brother Anthony - Bruno