OK I’ll admit it, right now I am exhausted, there is so much going on and so much to do that I fell like I am running around in small circles, add to that the fact that there is so much that I’d like to do ….
What I need to do is give myself permission (make myself) to stop and to refocus, to breath the air and smell the roses to get perspective and to rest in God’s presence, and sometimes that can be hard to achieve but I know that the harder it gets, the more essential it becomes. Somewhere deep inside I hear the Spirit whispering to my soul:
Live in me, make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself, but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined to me… (John 15: 4)
So I want to ask you:
1. How do you intentionally make a vital daily connection with God? What roots you and gives you life? I try to start my commute to work with the same practice of listening to the day’s Pray-as-you-go podcast. It focuses and centers me, and it is also linked to the week’s lectionary. While I am not at a lectionary-based church, it still gives me the rhythm and unity with the rest of the Church proper who do.
2. Do you have a favourite space/ place that you go to? At home, I have a glider type rocking chair that has a very soothing motion. I like to sit in it and go “elsewhere” in my mind. 🙂 I also like to go walk or sit in my back yard. This time of year, there’s lots of bloomin’ things and it’s really beautiful.
3. Is there a particular passage, phrase or prayer that brings you immediately into God’s presence? There’s several, such as meditatively reading Psalm 1 or Psalm 23. But in times of worry or frustration, I often go back to Romans 8:38-39
I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. [CEB]
4. Music- essential ingredient or distraction- discuss: Well, as a former music therapist, I would like to suggest that if music is distracting then you probably have chosen the wrong kind of music. Depending on the situation, music can be chosen for mood, service and need. Stimulative music, sedative music, soothing music — these are are culturally bound and of personal preference. So while I may respond with a soaring heart to David Arkenstone or John Michael Talbot, you may want to listen to Hildegard or prostrate yourself with Jesus Culture maxing out your speakers.
Having said all that… 🙂
My choices of music depend on my mood, but it is very VERY rare that I choose silence.
5. Silence and solitude or engagement with like minded others? Unless I am emotionally exhausted or physically wiped out, I need people to process and to be encouraged as I worship or connect with God and others.
Bonus, a poem, piece of inspirational prose or music that speaks to you of that vital connection…
I hope this speaks to you…