Shirin McArthur

prayerful pondering

Toggle Back to God

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The Centering Prayer group that I’m attending is opening lots of interesting avenues of thought and prayer in me. In addition to providing the discipline I need to show up for this type of prayer more frequently, I’m also reflecting on the experience of prayer, which I usually don’t do. Reflecting on something is not part of the prayer itself, but there is still much to be learned from noticing what does, and does not happen, in prayer.

img_3289Recently my reflections took the form of a poem. I’ve also been spending time with the Psalms, and Psalm 136 came to mind because of its repetition. Every other line of this psalm speaks of God’s mercy enduring forever. It’s the underlying theme of the psalm, and I found myself thinking of it as a recurrent reminder of God’s presence, beneath and within everything that happens. In “good” times and “bad” (all open to interpretation, of course!), God is there.

And then…I pondered the Centering Prayer instruction, when we are distracted or distressed, to “ever so gently return to your sacred word.” Putting it in today’s language, sitting at my computer, I found myself thinking of toggling back and forth between one thing and another, repeatedly returning to God when we wander away…and the poem was born.

May it inspire your own reflection on prayer and its role in your life.

 

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Websites weave animosity

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Pundits peddle profanity

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Television illuminates adversity

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Sales pitches scream of scarcity

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Formless fields of sunlight

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Lake reflecting moon bright

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Hand reached out to stop fight

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Patience paid to set right

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Fierce familial love fest

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Springtime weave of bird nest

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Striving now to do best

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In contentment now rest

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© 2016 Shirin McArthur

 

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3 thoughts on “Toggle Back to God

  1. Wow, Shirin! That poem! By the end of it I was thinking of how CLOSE God is to us in the midst of it all at any given moment.

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  2. Pingback: Introducing Psalm Flights | Shirin McArthur

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