Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 29, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 29, 2002
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. These meditations start with a Gospel reading
and a meditation based on it written this week by Vanessa
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Please read Matthew 6:7-15
'Your Heavenly Parent knows what you need before you
God knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb.
It is therefore no surprise that God knows what we need
before we even form the words.
Once during a worship service in our church, a man
sitting near the choir began to sob during the opening
hymn. A choir member reached out and placed her hand
on his shoulder. She didn't say anything or stop
singing, she just placed her hand there. She sensed
the man's need to be touched and loved; he didn't have
to say a word. She didn't need to say anything, either;
her hand on his shoulder said, 'I care.'
When we pray, God senses our prayers without our saying
a word; all we have to do is open ourselves and allow
God to be present for us. We can have simple and yet
complete communion with God, like lifelong lovers who
have become so attuned to each other that they
communicate without words. Prayer is placing ourselves
in the presence of a loving Creator. Like a visit with
a trusted friend, prayer also includes time to listen
as well as to speak.
Jesus teaches us a basic and well-known prayer in
today's Gospel. It covers every human need. It is
not an appeal to an indifferent deity. It is a
comfortable chat between old friends.
Today, seek a gentle and loving conversation with your
God. Ask that your prayers be answered in the sure
knowledge that they have already been heard.
Grace and peace,
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