When you recognize the festive and the still moments as moments of prayer, then you gradually realize that to pray is to live. Henri Nouwen
Meditation: This week my three siblings, my daughters, two nieces, my mother and I are reunited. This happens about every five years or so, as we live far apart. Having breakfast together, playing a game or just being in the same room together are festive moments. We also have quiet moments of resting in between those together times. And there are also moments of tension, which means that we are still connected and care enough to assert our different opinions. All these moments look ordinary. If I don’t pay attention I might not recognize them as special moments of fulfilled prayer. Whenever we miss each other from afar or when we are together, those are those still and festive moments that itself are prayer. To pray is to live. To mindfully live, is to pray.
Prayer: Creator of festive and of still moments, let us not miss this simple truth that life becomes prayer and prayer becomes life. Thank You for being able to sit at the same table as my siblings. To experience our bond, our differences and our similarities. Thank You for the laughter and even for the moments of annoyance with each other that show that we are still familiar with each other’s idiosyncrasies. I am grateful for these days of living and of having my family around. Amen
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15