I took my car to the auto shop for regular maintenance. While I was waiting for the service, I opened the book “a life of being, having, and doing enough” by Wayne Muller. His writing on “listening with the ear of our heart” touched my heart instantly:
“When our attention is bombarded daily, overwhelmed and saturated with the relentless clanging of so much speaking, announcing, sharing, selling, convincing, offering, presenting, discussing, declaring, and demanding – how can ever find sufficient quiet to listen deeply to anything? When can we fully attend those still, small voices of inner wisdom that reveal to us what is good, necessary, or nourishing?…..prayers of invocation …asking God to “come here, be with us and bless us”…Who are we…to assume God is not here and everywhere already – and worse, that we must call him as we would a family pet, to come? The more humble, honorable – and accurate – prayer would recognize it is not God who is missing; rather, it is we who need to show up, to open our closed and fearful hearts, to listen with an ear bent toward the divine”.
When I followed the prayer he offered, I prayed with tear. For a while, I have not been being mindful of God’s presence and I have not been being attentive to God’s voice. If you are willing, join me to do and experience the following prayer:
“God, I beg you to cleanse our distracted hearts, that we may center ourselves in you, feel you here, guiding us, so we may listen and attend to your wisdom and guidance for us”.