The little book Sacred Space is helping so much to enable me to create a prayerful reading habit. At the same time it thickens the thread that my spiritual awareness weaves into and throughout my day.
“We know whether prayer is fruitful or sincere by the way we live our lives.”
Simple words. A simple reflection on a reading from the day.
Timely, considering my post yesterday. God knows whether my prayers are sincere or shallow, selfish, and maligned. Similarly, my children know whether my time with them is sincere. Am I truly listening to them? If I’m looking at their body and listening to their words, I know they know; they can tell. Furthermore, everyone we come into contact with can tell.
Even as it may seem our society is becoming less personable and more virtual, our sense of awareness of presence remains keen if we open our eyes and hearts. Sincere smiles come from the heart and pour out the eyes, often with tears. Listening to one another, we may say we can see the gears turning as others are thinking, but that’s not just a cliche. We can read each other’s minds a bit by paying full attention to one another; body language speaks loudly, too.
We can tell so much from our interactions with one another. I can tell so much about myself in the quiet (or not-so-quiet).
God grant me strength to be sincere, to be a prayerful presence.