Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Closer Look

There is an ancient Christian practice called the prayer of examen. It was intended to be part of a
Sabbath reflection even though it has merit for each day. To take part in this liturgical devotion you would find a place to be quiet and ask two revealing questions.
  1. Where did I feel most alive, most hopeful, most in the presence of God? 
  2. Where did I feel most dead, most despairing, farthest from God?
Our answers will reveal the truth of how we see ourselves and our awareness of what brings us fulfillment. Inevitably, there will be weeks when it seems that we spend the bulk of our time in efforts that drain us emotionally. The key to peaceful maturity is to be able to stay in step with the Holy Spirit as we gain recognition of the small, life-giving things that God is working in our lives each day. This will help us celebrate these moments of spiritual prosperity while disciplining ourselves to stay centered in daily, life-giving practices with God.

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