How May I Direct Your Call? Tools to Help you Connect

Well Lent is gone, Holy Week is over, and Easter is finally here. And so too has my Lenten Prayer Journey ended. It has been a great 40 day journey with lots of great experiences and a renewed appreciation of praying the daily offices. While I definitely won’t be praying 6 times a day I will try to carve out time each day for quiet and prayer. Easier said than done you might say. And yes in the “busyness” of life its hard to set aside that time. Its hard too to feel connected when praying. I do have some great resources to help me. I share them with you in hopes that you find something you can use. Please share yours as well.

Lectio Divina or sacred reading is a prayerful and meditative way to read scripture. There are many website to help with Lectio Divina but this one from the American Bible Society based on the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel lections is particularly helpful to me.

Northumbria Community – is an ecumenical community in the UK influenced by the Celtic Christian tradition. They have the daily offices online plus some great Compline orders.

Ignatian Examen –  this site offers a variety of approaches to the Ignatian Examen.

Sacred Space – This great website will guide you though an Ignatian style prayer in about 10 minutes. A great way to find some peace in the midst of a hectic life.

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals – A great book and website compiled by Shane Clairborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. This resource includes songs for community use and a modern twist on the saints’ days. Now available in a pocket edition.

Phyllis Tickle also has some great books on fixed hour prayers.

The websites for the Taize and Iona have some great prayer resources.

Book of Common Prayer (BCP) – While I don’t care for the Communion liturgy of the BCP, I do appreciate the offices. Morning and evening prayer are fantastic in the BCP as is Compline. This is from back in the day when the offices played more of a pivotal role in the spirituality of Anglicans, now it’s safe to say that the Eucharistic has taken over that role. I think we could have it both ways though.

Forward Day by Day – In addition to its great daily devotionals based on the lectionary they have some fantastic resources. Well worth browsing their site.  Plus they’re Anglican.

Prayer beads – I love my rosary. Anglican prayer beads differ slightly from the Roman Catholic variety but there are a great way to focus in prayer. You can probably purchase them at your local Anglican bookstore and if you google Anglican Prayer beads you’ll see all kinds of prayers you can use.

Silence – That’s right, good old fashioned silence. Log out, shut down, turn off. Go for a walk without headphones. Don’t turn on that TV when you find yourself at home alone.  Turn off that phone. It’s free (for now anyway) so enjoy the silence.

Do things prayerfully – knit, walk, fish, bake, exercise, sip coffee, clean, read novels, paint, take pics, protest, serve the poor, write letters to politicians, fold laundry, if all else fails go to church;) Remember, God is in the mundane things of life, we just need to slow down, listen, open our eyes, and open our hearts.

 

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