This last Sunday I led a workshop on contemplative prayer for our shepherding team. I was very pleased with their willingness to listen, to consider and even try something that was new to most of them. Yet, I believe the hardest thing for these dedicated individuals to grasp was the concept of “silence.” The opportunity to just wait for the Lord. Not to speak, inquire or request merely relax in silence and be with our Savior.
Isaac the Syrian said, “Be at peace with your own soul; then heaven and earth will be at peace with you. Enter eagerly into the treasure house that is within you, and so you will see the things that are in heaven; for there is but one single entry to them both. The ladder that leads to the kingdom is hidden within your soul. Flee from sin, dive into yourself, and in your soul you will discover the stairs by which to ascend.”
Here we are dear God, waiting. Please find us in your love, O Lord: and lead us in your path.”