10th March 2015
Prayer is something that is taken for granted in the Christian faith that we will do, yet we seldom talk about it from the pulpit or with our fellow Christians.
“It sounds so simple, but it is so difficult to find the time and the space to pray…….difficult to accustom ourselves to silence in a world of restless noise…….difficult to tune into Gods frequency, to find the signal among the static….
One of the Roman Monks gave me a metanoi, a knotted piece of string a bit like a rosary and I got into the practice of saying the Jesus Prayer on each knot- ‘Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me a sinner’; that slowed down my breathing, altered the rhythm, and although I would often find that, in spite of my best efforts to focus on the incarnation, I was really thinking about the snooker, by observing the external discipline of saying the prayer, knot by knot, I began to yield to something not entirely of my own making.”
Fathomless Riches – The Revd Richard Coles p255
As we make time to be with God this Lent, let us remember that we may be distracted by the snooker; the washing; our to do list; the annoying person breathing loudly next to us; the sound of our someone next door having a row; but in the midst of the humdrum we can encounter the divine, God will stoop to earth and be alongside us.
Sam Crook – Huddersfield Parish Church