I have been waking up every morning around 4:30 a.m. There is no reason for you to be overly or even minimally concerned.  Promise. It’s not a deeply seated crisis. I know what it’s about.  I have to resolve an issue with a door – yes a door.  Truthfully, the door is not really the issue. That’s a simple fix but what I realized is that I am the one in the way of resolving this issue. I’m preventing this issue from being resolved.  I can fix my dilemma or I can keep it activated.
Of course, this put me on my thinking chair. The question shifted and centered on, “How do I get in the way of being more helpful to God?”  I’m pretty sure it’s one or more or a combination of a few or perhaps many of the seven deadly sins that contribute to my getting in the way.  Just in case you forgot them here they are – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth (that is a great word) wrath, envy, and pride.  I’m sure there are a few more reasons as well but there is no need for extreme self-disclosure. “How do I get in the way of being more helpful to God?” is an interesting question to ponder.
I decided that I would just sit for a bit with the question and engage in a daily examen, kind of prayerful reflection process, on that particular thought as well as the other events of the day.  This kind of prayerful reflection is often used to help detect God’s presence and discern God’s hand at work.  It’s an ancient practice that is useful in this modern culture.  It helps me to see God’s hand at work in my life and I helps me to see my resistance toward being more faithful. We invite you to prayerfully focus on the events of your day.

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-28
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

Reflection Questions:
What wakes you up at night?
Where have you experiences God’s hand at work today?
How is God working for the good?

Prayer: Holy God, let your Holy Spirit enlighten my mind and warm my heart so that I may know where and how we have been together this day. Remind me where I have felt your presence, seen your face and heard your word. Amen.

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