“Our minds are always active. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thought? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.” —Henri Nouwen in Bread for the Journey (HarperSanFrancisco, 1997).
The book to turn to first, to begin to understand unceasing prayer, is Practicing the Presence of God. It is a very small collection of the teachings and experiences of Brother Lawrence, a French Carmelite monk who was the cook for his community in Paris in the 17th century. The book was compiled by Father Joseph Beaufort from letters and four conversations with Brother Lawrence, as he described his walk with God—not from the head, but within his heart. He saw God in every aspect, in every second of his life as he washed pots and pans, purchased wine, or cooked the meals—continually conversing with God. He never became weary of doing small things for the love of God—believing that intervals of prayer should not be different from other times; seeing God as a friend he would not want to be estranged from; feeling God’s presence more acutely in sickness than in good health.
My favorite fictional role model for continually being in conversation with God is Tevye in the 1971 American dramatic musical, Fiddler on the Roof.
I try to watch the movie several times a year and go to see the play whenever it comes close to Little Rock.. It is long but so worth journeying with Tevye in his persistent conversations with God through many trials.
Come and get a signed copy of the new book
Just in time for the holidays
A Spiritual Rx for Advent Christmas, and Epiphany
The Sequel to A Spiritual Rx for Lent and Easter
Both are $18
All Money from sale of the books goes either to Camp Mitchel Camp and Conference Center in Arkansas or Hurricane Relief in the Diocese of Central Gulf Coast
Seibert’s, 27 River Ridge Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72227
10 to noon, Saturday September 14, 2019