July 11, 2010

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“No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.”
Deuteronomy 30:14 (NRSV)

I drop my dog-eared Bible in my lap and glance up. This verse makes my heart leap, and for a moment my eyes dart around the room for evidence of the Spirit lurking. Perhaps behind the piano, or in among the stack of books waiting to be shelved.

I chuckle. Since embarking on a daily practice of centering prayer, I continue to be amazed—and grateful—when that “still, small voice” speaks with clarity.

I hear it clearly in this verse, reminding me that I carry the Divine within.

This contemplative practice helps me surrender to silence, stillness, and the Spirit with a hungry and open heart. Helps me discover my true self within, which points toward unity with God. Helps me set my ego aside and get out of my own way.

I just sit and “do” centering prayer. Actually, it’s more accurate to say that I show up, allowing the Spirit to do its loving work within.

Prayer:
Beloved companion, prepare me to meet you in the vast interior space in the center of my being. Amen

Question:
How am I preparing my heart to hear the word?

Interested? Join a centering prayer group in Central Iowa: www.centeriowa.org; all groups are open and welcome new participants at any time.

Written by Robin Kline

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