I have recently been trying to practise being present to my life/reality - taking my every day ordinary life and instead of running from it or wishing it away, follow the advice of Eugene Peterson's translation of Romans 12:1-2, and lay it down before God with God helping me do that.
I have also been thinking with my reflections on deep church and reconnecting with christian tradition how some form of office of prayer might be helpful - giving me words when my own are a list of complaints or wishes for a better life...
It was therefore may not a total coincidence that I received an email last week asking me if I wanted to review a copy of the 'Divine Hours' pocket edition [UK/USA]. I readily accepted, thinking with my commuting life this could be just what i needed to help me on the train into London and, inparticular because this quote on the blurb really stood out for me:
"As Tickle writes in her introduction, “prayer is always a place as well as an action, and the daily offices are like small chapels or wayside stations within the day’s courses.” For all those who want to carry a “small chapel” of prayers with them, The Divine Hours Pocket Edition™ offers a convenient, easy-to-use, and deeply spiritual guide to a devotional practice..."
As church of late has been about this space of reconnection, an antidote to the me-centricness of my consumer orientated life, i am looking forward to seeing how this helps me across the day and throughout the week - i'll let you know.
In the meantime, do any of you pray the hours or have your own/other regular rhythms of prayer/contemplation/worship?