There’s a funny story about an old farm couple who were driving along in their pickup truck. The woman leans over and says to her husband, “How come we never sit all snuggled up in the truck like we used to?” The man looks over at her and replies, “Well, I sure ain’t the one that’s moved!”
When we find ourselves feeling distant from God, it’s important to remember God’s not the one who has moved. God is as near to us as our next breath. And as the scriptures remind us, God’s steadfast love and mercy never cease. They are new every morning!
In a Sunday school class I once taught, there was a woman who had small children and she shared with us that she would actually climb into her closet to make a little prayer time. Hopefully you don’t have to go to that extreme, but I do hope you will be intentional about finding time to sit quietly in God’s presence. Even if it is only a few minutes, meditate quietly on a psalm, sit in silence, or share what’s on your heart with the Lord,
Our prayer today is attributed to Saint Benedict from the early 6th century. Let us pray:
O gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears to listen for your word; a heart to love you; and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.