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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 14, 2017

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TUESDAY, March 14

Psalm 62:1 For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation.

One Sunday, years ago, I knelt to pray before the liturgy began, as was my usual practice. I always had something to tell or ask God. This day, however, was different. I had no words. It wasn’t that I had nothing to say—I simply lacked words capable of expressing what was within me. After several failed attempts to say something to God, I was left waiting in silence.

In that stillness, I faced my own powerlessness and felt my needs more acutely. There was nothing I could say or do—I had reached the limits of my own self-sufficiency and discovered the starting place of prayer. Prayer begins when the words end.

The silence I felt that morning was not so much about the absence of my words as it was about God being present to me. The silence created a space and a place for God and me to both show up—an interior sanctuary of intimacy and vulnerability.

The words were gone; I had nothing to offer but myself. The silence revealed me to myself and held me before God. I was the expression of my prayer, and God was the response.

MOVING FORWARD: In your prayer time today, concentrate on being silent and present with God. Listen and be loved.

PRAY for the Diocese of Masvingo (Central Africa)

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36 | Jeremiah 2:1-13 | Romans 1:16-25 | John 4:43-54



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