Prayerful meditation–quote from J.I. Packer

Thought for the day. . . about Christian meditation. . .

11 Lent--Week 1--Prayer--Packer

Christian forms of meditation aim at paying attention to God, or at least sitting quietly in the presence of God and allowing grace to work in the soul (whole person). This quote from J. I. Packer is “packed” with meaning for me (no pun intended!).

Until next time, Amen! 

Pray is the wing…and prayer is an eye

Here’s a thought for the day, about prayer:

10 Lent--Week 1--Prayer--Ambrose

Ambrose reminds us that prayer is a tool to bringing the soul into contact with the heavenly realm of God. Although God is always present (omnipresent), we are not always present and paying attention to God. When we pray, we are bringing ourselves into the presence of God.

Ambrose also speaks of Christian meditation as an “eye” with which we see God. To meditate on something, in this sense, is to ponder things in one’s heart in a prayerful manner. Some people meditate on a bible passage or particular truth of Christian belief (such as a portion of the Creed). Others meditate about the everyday events of their lives and how God is at work in those experiences, while writing in a journal, taking a walk, or sitting in a chapel. There are many diverse forms of Christian meditation (Christian “devotions” are a type of meditation).

Whatever way you like to pray, may God continue to bless you with the “wings” and “eyes” of prayer.

Until next time, Amen!

 

 

“A Simple Way to Pray” by Martin Luther

FREE CLASS:  If you live around the Twin Cities, please join me tonight, Sept. 24, in an exploration of Martin Luther’s “Simple Way to Pray” (details below).

Easter Church--Hill focal pointYou do NOT have to be Lutheran to enjoy praying this way. In fact, Luther takes what he learned as a Catholic monk and reshaped it to make it easy and appropriate for any follower of Christ, whatever one’s career or vocation. (He wrote “A Simple Way to Pray” as a letter for his barber.) 

Both “beginning pray-ers” and longtime people of prayer are welcome. Interested children/teens (over age 10)  welcome to come with parents.

PROMISE: I will not force you to pray aloud spontaneously. 🙂

Details:
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7:00-8:30 pm
Easter Lutheran Church “on the Hill” in Eagan, MN,
at SE corner of Diffley & Pilot Knob Rd.

Hope to see you there.

Until next time, Amen!