Monday, 10 November 2014

Sacred Space

10 Minute Daily Retreat (no. 15)
By Susanne Timpani
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. (Matthew 6:6)

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of Susanna Wesley, the mother of the famous preachers; John and Charles? Susanna gave birth to nineteen children and lived in a tiny house. The only place she could retreat to pray was the corner of the kitchen. Her children knew that when she sat there with her face covered in her apron, woe betide anyone who disturbed her. This was her sacred space.

I often light a candle to pray and this can serve as a similar warning that I’m unavailable. It’s also a reminder to myself why I’ve set the time aside. If I get distracted, it’s easy to refocus on the candle to become centred on prayer again.

Sometimes we may feel the need to have a deeper experience of prayer. In those moments it may be easier to find a place outside of our normal daily environment. In Adelaide there is a Sacred Garden that I often go to and where I’ve experienced great blessings.
The Monastery 15 Cross Rd Glen Osmond SA

 Do you have a special place or trigger that helps you centre on prayer? 

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Susanne Timpani