AS WE GO THROUGH the routines of our days, we encounter people and circumstances that remind us of God’s presence and goodness. We also encounter people and circumstances that remind us that we live in a broken and struggling world. These experiences provide opportunities for instant, spontaneous prayer.
On my way to work one day, traffic was slow because of an accident. Police and medical support were already on the scene, diverting vehicles to another route. I didn’t know the people involved, but I could imagine their fear and pain.
With my eyes open, I simply prayed silently, “Lord, thank you for being present to those who are injured and scared. Thank you for working through those who have responded. May each one experience a sense of your presence, comfort, and peace in these difficult moments.”
When we come to God in an attitude of prayer and petition, the chaos that surrounds us is quieted—even if just for a moment.
– Dwight Bruff
Loving the World with God
From pages 36-37 of Loving the World with God by Rebecca Dwight Bruff. Copyright © 2014 by Rebecca Dwight Bruff. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Look for times when you can pray with your eyes open. Share your thoughts.
How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?
Psalm 137:4, NRSV
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This week we remember: Leoba (September 28).
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