August 31, 2009
Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears be attentive to prayer from this place. 2 Chron 6:40
I love this idea of asking God to open Love's eyes and ears... as if the Holy One is not already attentive to prayer... that's my humanity. I find myself hoping and wishing and praying that the Divine hears the prayers that rise from this place, even while I have faith that I don't need to remind God. I sound a bit loony.
Every morning when we do "Morning Report," the one who was on call the previous night says a brief meditation and follows it with a prayer. It's a wonderful way to start the day - in community, in prayer, bowing our heads in common voice and similar stance towards God. This morning's prayer, offered up by my colleague, spoke in my heart about asking for God's attention to our place.
And even when we are not in formal, on-purpose prayer, I find myself asking for Emmanuel's guidance and attention to prayer that rises from this place. In our class on Pastoral Images, we spoke at length about ways that Chaplains "do" and "be" pastoral ministers. About how we must be a bit loony to do this work, how we sometimes can't really define what it is we "do," and about how sacred this work is when we simply name what is happening in 'this place.'
How about you - right now: How are you attentive to prayer rising from "this place"?