IF WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN our connection with God, there needs to be two-way communication. On the one hand, we need to share ourselves openly with God. We call this talking to God prayer. Some may argue that it is a waste of time to tell God anything. After all, surely God knows everything about us already. However, it’s not a question of giving new information to God. It’s much rather a matter of trust and transparency — learning to speak openly with God about everything in our life and then experiencing the closeness that this kind of transparency brings to our relationship with God. …
If we understand prayer to be talking with God, then meditation can be described as listening to God. When we meditate, it simply means thinking about life and about things in God’s presence. … Whatever it is that we may decide to focus our thoughts on, the important thing in meditation is trying to hear what God may be saying so that we will end up doing what God wants us to do.
– Trevor Hudson
One Day at a Time
From pages 119-120 of One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2007 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Do you perceive yourself as being transparent with God? Share your thoughts.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
Revelation 1:8, NRSV
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Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4).
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