Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on when the kingdom of God would come, answered, "The kingdom of God doesn't come by counting the days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, 'Look here!' or, 'There it is!' And why? Because God's kingdom is already among you." Luke 17:20-21
This passage was shared with me during our Women's Retreat a couple of years ago. Since that time it's been a reminder to me to be aware of how God's kingdom is already among us. How do we live each day knowing God is with us and among us? How does that impact how we treat others and ourselves? As a part of that retreat experience, we were invited to write a letter from God to ourselves. I was surprised during the course of this prayer practice by what God had to say to me. It wasn't a letter of judgement, but rather a letter filled with grace. God invited me to show more grace to myself, and to those around me.
Anytime I try a different type of prayer practice, God has used it to help me grow in my understanding.
We have a unique opportunity to walk a labyrinth tomorrow in our Great Hall. This prayer experience is an ancient way to connect with God. A walking prayer practice has been a meaningful way for me to set aside all that is running through my mind and pause to really pray without distraction.
I would invite you to come tomorrow sometime between 4:00 and 9:00 p.m. to see what God might be saying to you during this Lenten season and in this prayer time.