Start by placing your feet firmly on the ground
and placing your palms facing up on your lap
like you’re ready to catch something.

When you breathe in, receive God’s love into every inch of your body, mind, and heart.

When you breathe out, share God’s love into a world which desperately needs that love.

Take a deep breath—in and out.
And another one—in and out.
And one more—in and out.

Be at peace.

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The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the person who seeks him.
It’s good to wait in silence for the Lord’s deliverance.

Lamentations 3:25-26

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I’m a person who loves to talk. Whenever I take a personality quiz, I always score as an off-the-charts extrovert. I absolutely love being around people and talking to them. I remember as a kid, my family was always the last to leave coffee hour after church, each of us talking to other people until there was literally nobody else to talk to.

I had a very active prayer life, even as a kid. I treated God like I did other people and would talk and talk and talk. I told God about all of my friends, the things that were upsetting to me in the world, and all of my dreams for the future. When I got older, I realized that prayer was about much more than just talking to God. And I started to listen to God. All of a sudden, my relationship with God deepened. God became like an old friend, a person with whom I shared deep intimacy and who loved me very much. This is what a mature faith looks like: talking to God, yes, but more importantly listening for God’s response.

Cody Maynus

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God of friendship, you speak words of love and courage in the silence of my heart and mind. Help me to quiet myself down and listen for your voice. Amen.

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“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I'd look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables (1908)

As you move into the realities of your daily life, go into the deep woods of your imagination, look up, up, up into the sky of your heart, and feel a prayer.

Cody Maynus

The Rev. Cody Maynus serves at the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, CA and is an Alongsider of the Community of Divine Love, a Benedictine monastic community in the Episcopal Church. Cody is currently editing a prayer book drawing from the life and witness of Anglican holy women throughout the ages.

Deux Arabesques, L. 66: No. 1, Andante Con Moto

Garry Bailey

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