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Sunday, October 18, 2015

distractions, sunday

Sunday, October 18

Opening Prayer: Lord, what are you doing in me today?  Whatever it is, help me to be open and receptive to it.  Give me the grace to be able to see you and hear you, for in your presence is the fullness of joy.  Amen.

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Journal: What helps you to stay focused on the life God has called you to live?  What most often distracts you from that?  How do you deal with those distractions?

     Most of our conflicts and difficulties come from trying to deal with the spiritual and practical aspects of our life separately instead of realizing them as parts of a one whole.  If our practical life is centered on our own interests, cluttered up by possessions, distracted by ambitions, passions, wants and worries, beset by a sense of our own rights and importance, or anxieties for our own future, or longings for our own success, we need not expect that our spiritual life will be a contrast to all this.  The soul’s house is not built on such a convenient plan: there are few soundproof partitions in it.  Only when the conviction—not merely the idea—that the demand of the Spirit, however inconvenient, comes first and IS first, rules the whole of it, will those objectionable noises die down which have a way of penetrating into the nicely furnished oratory, and drowning all the quieter voices by their din. (The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill)


Closing Prayer: Lord, let me at least remain open to your initiative; let me wait patiently and attentively for that hour when you will come and break through all the walls I have erected.  Teach me, O Lord, to pray.  Amen. (A Cry for Mercy by Henri J. M. Nouwen)

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