This past week I challenged you to the practice of centering prayer, an expression of prayer that uses very few words and seeks to fix our full attention on the presence and love of God. This form of prayer might seem awkward or ineffectual at first. Its gifts are not measured in euphoria or delight, but rather in how a centered heart anchors us in the storms of daily life.
This is one of the great gifts of faith in God, not that we would be shielded from the storms, but that our quiet center would hold us amidst the ever-changing wind and waves of life. Prayer and silence are the vehicles to cultivate this quiet center. Prayer slowly opens our eyes and reorients us to the greater realities of God and faith in this life. Without this quiet center, we are prone to opening our mouths with words void of wisdom causing more harm than good.
My question for you is this. Are you practicing prayerful silence, cultivating a quiet center with God?
Abba Isidore of Pelusia (5th century) said, “To live without speaking is better than to speak without living. For the former who lives rightly does good even by his silence but the latter does no good even when he speaks. When words and life correspond to one another they are together the whole of philosophy.”