An interesting thing happened this morning. After spending much of the day yesterday watching C-span - with coverage of the inauguration and the Women's March - I went to bed with lots of feelings, praying for guidance. I woke up this morning, turned on my computer and a web page came up that I have not had opened all week (I used it over a week ago to research hymns to go with my sermon, but not since). It popped up without my fingers touching anything. It was Hymnsite.com, a website designed to support people in picking hymns for worship. Across the top was this:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
I've been practicing this at least daily for years. I haven't always felt much. Fears often short-circuit my ability to feel and move with much love. Many times in the past, and sometimes now, my prayer time consists of trying to give God my fears, and that is about all I can muster - anxiety is running so high in me. But now, following this process usually brings me back to an experience of loving energy. I start empathizing with people, no matter which "side" they're on. I can see where folks are coming from. I can appreciate what they are feeling, realizing that if I were in their shoes, I'd probably have similar feelings. Getting to that place has been key to working through difficult issues. I can honestly say it's what turned some former opponents in social situations and churches into friends and allies. This is what I think our country needs most now. I think that this is the first and most important daily step for a person of faith who thinks that love is worthwhile (and it is absolutely worth trying to be a person of faith and love, no matter what framework one uses, religious or otherwise. This is why we we encourage everyone to go to their center and be true to their soul at The Center - www.thecenterec.com).
More power to you in your prayer life. It takes work and a lot of patience, but I can guarantee you that it is worth it. Nothing has been more significant in my life. Nothing.
My prayer life is what has led me back to love again and again, and finding my way back to love is what has made my life rich beyond description. Any real good I've done anybody else will find it's deepest roots there.
Thanks for journeying together.