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 down—traits 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 talking—and listening—to 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 you—and 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
Introduction: Slow Down—Pay Attention xi
About the Liturgical Calendar and Sacred Attention xiv
1. Season of Waiting
2. Leap of Faith
3. To See with New Eyes
4. Hearty Fish Soup
5. Just Freedom
6. When the Still, Small Voice Starts Yelling
7. Where Possibilities Burn Bright
ORDINARY TIME 45
8. Bees in the Blackberries
ORDINARY TIME 53
9. Real Live Grizzly Bear Love
ORDINARY TIME 61
10. Lectio Divina Meets Haiku
ORDINARY TIME 69
11. The Newcomer and the Old-Timers
ORDINARY TIME 77
12. By Myself in a Cloud of Witnesses
ORDINARY TIME 87
Afterword: Return 95
Practicing Sacred Attention 97
Suggestions for Further Reading 109