Waiting for the King

Monday, March 18

3-18By Jeanne Hough of Clare, Michigan, USA

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope…

—Psalm 130:5

Silence—deliberate, yet without tedium
Serenity—stillness, without feelings of guilt
Solitude—just enough, without being lonely.
                                                —Lu Mountenay

When I grow tired of my daily tasks, I often sit at my computer and play a mindless game of solitaire for a moment of serenity. As I put the available cards in order, I search for a king card. When one comes up, I must find an empty spot to build a column. Most often there is no available spot, so I wait for the king until other cards get out of the way.

This is like my life. Looking for the king card is like my search for God. I know that I need God, but cannot put the Divine in the right place until I put other distractions out of the way. I must empty my life of what is not important and create a position of priority for what matters most—my relationship to God.

I cannot cheat on the computer by moving the cards just where I want them. There are rules of order. Is God placed in my set of rules for my life? Maybe I can take the opportunities I have to rest in solitude and use them to pray and meditate. I can then bring God back into the position of priority in my daily life.

Prayer for Peace

God, we pray for the peace of Christ in our world. We pray for peace in our lives. We pray for a few moments of silence and solitude that we may find and then share that peace with others.

Spiritual Practice: Connecting with God as Center

Connect with God through journal writing or contemplation. Open yourself to God’s presence and share what flows from your heart and mind. Your “communication with God” might include thoughts, questions, feelings, needs, artwork, quotes, or scriptures. Or it might take the form of a prayer, psalm, or poem. Try to write or meditate at least five minutes each day.

What do you experience? Is this an effective way to connect with God? What surprises you? What new God images or questions emerge? What deepens or changes in your relationship with God, Christ, Spirit?

Peace Covenant

Today, God, I will put away the games and fold my hands in prayer.

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