Prayer

“Prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises, and find hope for yourself.” ~ Henri Nouwen

How do you live prayer?

Point of silence

“As with most great communicators, God knows that the point of silence and the pause between sentences is not to give the audience the chance to fill the silence with empty babbling but to help create more depth to the conversation.” ~ Renite J. Weems

How do you reach depth?

Hope

Hope begins small with mustard seeds or yeast, a little bread and a few fish. Hope flourishes as we take time for beauty, rest and celebration, and reshapes our vision.

How does hope change you?

Sabbath rhythm

“God tackled the job of creating in chunks, leaving rhythmic space between evening and morning, between beginnings and endings…” ~ Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

How do you create the in between spaces?

Curious attentiveness

…Rest your weary eyes from so much looking,
your tired feet from so much wandering,
your aching heart from so much hoping.

…Give up the weight of knowing,
for the reverence of quiet attention
and curiosity… ~ Christine Valters Paintner

How do you become attentive?

Pecking

“Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
possible
and see what shimmers
within the storm.” ~ Jan Richardson, The Cure for Sorrow