Wednesday, March 20, 2019

(Lead me Lord,)  As my constant companion The Russian mystic Theophan the Recluse gives one of the best descriptions of prayer I know:“To pray is to descend with the mind into the heart, and there to stand before the face of the Lord, ever-present, all-seeing, within you.”Theophan finds…

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

(Lead me Lord,)  As a felt Presence As we begin the third stanza of a pilgrim’s prayer we ask that God lead us as a felt presence.  You might be surprised how often the experience of God’s people is the experience of “presence.”  We find this throughout both…

Monday, March 18, 2019

(Lead me Lord,) So that I do not turn back to old gods who will not bless me. In the book of Exodus we are given a story that sadly seems to be repeated over and over with each new generation.  We are trapped in an economic system which disproportionally…

Saturday, March 16, 2019

(Lead me Lord,) So that I do not turn aside. One of the first times we find this phrase “turn aside” in scripture is in Deuteronomy chapter thirty-two.  While Moses and God are up on the mountain working out the instructions which will be given at Sinai, the others who…

Friday, March 15, 2019

(Lead me Lord,) So that I neither dally nor disobey. Saint Augustine of Hippo is famous for many things, one among them is his acknowledgement of a youthful prayer, “Grant me chastity and continency, but not yet” [Confessions VII. 17].  He feared that God might hear his prayer for chastity…

Thursday, March 14, 2019

And find the place of my resurrection. It is easy in Lent to think of following Christ in terms of following him to the cross and, of course, that is a significant aspect of the story which is worthy of our focus.  But we also follow Christ to the place…

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

That I may walk my pilgrim way steadily, Our prayer turns with this petition to address how we might respond to the Lord’s gentle, pervasive, irresistible, and increasing leadership.  We begin to wonder what our following might look like.  In a word it might look “steady.”  Not very flashy…

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

(Lead me) increasingly, Saint Augustine of Hippo begins his Confessions with the observation:“Thou has formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” — Confessions, i. 1. We are made such that we will spend our lives longing for a respite from everything in…