Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


To pray is to listen

Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It's important because it's the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved.

To pray is to listen to the One who calls you "my beloved daughter," "my beloved son," "my beloved child." To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being.
-Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)

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  • At 5/10/2009 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He does not call for me anymore.

  • At 5/10/2009 12:50 PM, Blogger King of Peace said…


    I have no idea what you are going through and I don't want to say God is still calling our to you when that is contrary to your experience. I can't deny what you are saying.

    I will say two things that often apply to others and you can feel free to reject this as not applying to you:

    1) The life of faith always involves challenges and desert places. Even Mother Teresa wrote of this and we all see her as living a saintly life. Faith is what happens between your last experience of God and your next experience of God. I know that may not bring comfort now, but it has been the experience of millions.

    2) To hear God speak, we have to remain connected to those places where God's voice is most clearly heard: in scripture, in prayer and in worship with others. Stay away from those and God may reach you and will. But there is a better opportunity to hear God's voice by remaining in these places especially in barren times.



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