Meditation by Cathy Tamsberg.
Read by Jim Epps.
In her book St. Benedict on the Freeway, writer Corinne Ware has one goal: to encourage each of us “to become conscious of God in all that we are doing.” With a clear awareness of the difficulty of finding time for frequent prayer and meditation (any time for prayer and meditation?) in the life of most Americans, she examines the Rule of St. Benedict for ways that we can develop a prayerful, thoughtful way of life that is realistic.
One of her suggestions is that we find “triggers” for prayer in our daily lives. She tells of one woman who prays the Connecticut Turnpike as she commutes to work each day, using tollbooths as markers like beads on a rosary. One person I know offers a prayer for the person(s) in trouble every time she hears a siren. Others set their cell phones to remind them to take just a minute to pray at a regular time during the day. Some people identify a place in their home or school or office building that serves as a reminder to pray every time they pass it. Photos of loved ones on your desk can generate not only a warm feeling, but also a prayer for their welfare and safety. Many of us automatically bow our heads before we begin a meal. Doing laundry can be a trigger to pray for those who will wear the shirt you’re folding. The point is that there are many ways to remind ourselves to take a moment to become conscious of the Holy.
John Wesley, founder of Methodism, once said, “We don’t want to have devotional time. We want a devotional life.” Consider today how you might use activities, places, sounds, and sights to bring an awareness of the Holy into your everyday life.
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.