July 11, 2010


“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.

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

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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