Thursday, 19 March 2015

When Prayer Feels like Writer's Block

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Melanie Edwards (No.91)    
19 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father[a] does, the Son does likewise. 20 The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. (John 5:19-20)

Have you ever needed to write about something and been stuck, feeling uninspired and unable to string any words together? You realise quickly that you can’t ‘make’ it happen. That’s how I felt when I first read this passage, and I was frustrated because I knew it was filled with wisdom and rich insights that could encourage me.
In time, the thing that resonated was the intimacy of the relationship between the Father and the Son – something we are invited to experience and share in.

But in a similar way to writer’s block, we can’t ‘make’ this intimacy happen. It’s a reminder, I think, that our desire to grow closer to God is far outweighed by his desire for us. This means that what happens in prayer is grace, God’s doing, and not ours.
By persevering and opening ourselves to God, even when prayer feels like writer’s block, we allow God to work in his time and way, thereby allowing God to surprise us with his intimacy and love in unexpected ways.

When have I been surprised by God after a time of dryness or ‘writer’s block’? 

Sr.Melanie Edwards

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.

Next Reflection: Malcolm Davies  Friday 20th March, 2015