|Washing of the Feet (artist unknown; photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).|
I admit it. I am not a "morning person." Morning prayer times were not fruitful for me for many years. By "not fruitful," I mean that I would fall asleep whenever I attempted mental prayer in the morning. Even if I was sitting in an uncomfortable pew after morning Mass and wanted to stay for a bit with the Lord, my head would nod and I would startle awake, only to nod off again. I could pray in the afternoon, or late at night and stay awake, but not in the mornings. I read and was told that it was preferable to have a morning prayer time, but I just couldn't stay awake through one!
Well, I have been quite pleased with myself for faithfully praying Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours the past months – and staying awake. Maybe it's because I pray the Liturgy of the Hours from my phone using the Laudate App and electronics really do keep us awake? Or maybe it's just - cough, cough – middle age? Whatever the grace, I was doing so well that my spiritual director suggested I add the daily Mass readings to my morning prayer time, and that was a nice thought - a little time to meditate on the scriptures before starting the day.
Read the rest at Amanda's blog Little Steps Along the Way.
Amanda, I wanted to comment on this when I first read it on your blog, but couldn't get the hang of "Google 'circle' commenting." So I am especially delighted to see it right here. I can identify SO MUCH with this sort of distraction! O my, yes!! Thank you for your fun way of helping us see what to seriously do when our minds are hopping down bunny trails dripping with pickle juice ...ReplyDelete
Oh I love this post, Amanda! Yes, I can relate and the whole pickle scenario made me laugh! My mind wanders during prayer too and it comes up with some pretty odd stuff at times :)ReplyDelete
(And for some strange reason my laundry/bathroom/dishes/ become incredibly important each time I start to pray. Funny, because it's never very important to me the rest of the day...lol.)
Amanda...this is great! I laughed out loud, because of course I can relate. I love to think Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother laugh right along with us... God bless you!ReplyDelete