Just One Moment of Close Attention Can Be a Prayer to God
"Does God communicate through the natural world? Through the slug on the compost pile, the leaf on the lawn, the stone tumbled on the beach, the air that feeds my lungs, the dreams that fill my nights? How will I know unless I pay attention?"from the Introduction
Paying attention is rarely easy to do. It requires focus, patience and a willingness to slow downtraits that are hard to come by in this hurry-up world. But close attention to even one small piece of creation, one object, person, routine, image, word or scripture, can become a prayer to God, opening a channel of communication between you and the Divine to allow for deep spiritual growth.
In this inspiring guide, you will discover ways to develop a practice of attention as a means of talkingand listeningto God. Framed on the Christian liturgical year and paired with images of the seasons of the earth, each chapter includes an insightful and poignant narrative which illustrates the surprising richness to be found in every attention-getting moment. Following each narrative is a prayer, suggested scripture readings and a specific exercise you can use to develop your own practice of attention as a means to better connect with God.
Accessible, humorous and meaningful, these words and practices will lead you further along your path toward discovering a deeper awareness of yourself and your relationship to all that is around youand within you.
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About the Author
Margaret D. McGee, a writer, teacher and leader of spiritual workshops and retreats, is author of Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment (SkyLight Paths), and Stumbling Toward God: A Prodigal's Return. Her haiku have been published in journals such as The Heron's Nest, bear creek haiku, and Wisteria. Her website, www.IntheCourtyard.com, hosts a forum to write and share haiku in response to the sacred writings of world religions.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Slow DownPay AttentionAbout the Liturgical Calendar and Sacred Attention
1. Season of WaitingADVENT2. Leap of FaithCHRISTMAS3. To See with New EyesEPIPHANY4. Hearty Fish SoupLENT5. Just FreedomEASTER6. When the Still, Small Voice Starts YellingPENTECOST7. Where Possibilities Burn BrightORDINARY TIME8. Bees in the BlackberriesORDINARY TIME9. Real Live Grizzly Bear LoveORDINARY TIME10. Lectio Divina Meets HaikuORDINARY TIME11. The Newcomer and the Old-TimersORDINARY TIME12. By Myself in a Cloud of WitnessesORDINARY TIME
Afterword: ReturnPracticing Sacred AttentionSuggestions for Further Reading