In a recent devotion, Laurence Freeman, Director of the World Community of Christian Meditation, reminded me that we all have at least one mantra in our mental “tapes.” However, if we have not consciously made our mantra a prayer, we are probably just recycling old fears and cravings. This recycling (the roller coaster as Freeman calls it) increases anxiety and an ongoing sense of inadequacy. Here lies the very unstable foundation of poor choices. This is not prayer. Freeman tells us there is a different, deeper way of being; that “all prayer that is is not an indulgence of the roller coaster of fortune is the prayer of the heart.” Our heart (and, no, I am not talking about the pump) is God’s realm: a sacred well spring where we can return, time and time again. This is where we find love.
May you be able to drink deeply of sacred stillness today. Let us remember that our mantras, our prayers, can bring peace: to ourselves, our families, our world. Where else can peace start but with us? Without this balance the roller coaster, and crucifixion, will have no end. It is almost Palm Sunday. Together, let us follow Jesus into Jerusalem. Do not worry. The journey does not stop there.
Rev. Sue Ann
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; the peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
(James 3:17-18 NIV).