This week I took some time to go away to a quiet place. In the midst of all of the busy-ness of life, I was reminded how important it is to listen for God. When we pray with each other and for each other, we are connected to the whole of creation in love. God’s compassion and strength are as close as our breath and heartbeat.
The experience made me give thanks for the ways in which our community holds up our cares and praises. In our Sunday worship, we bring before each other the names of those in need of healing, thanksgivings for celebrations and lives well lived, and those we focus on in our weekly cycle of parishioners. Maybe you carry these into your personal prayer life as well. There is more to the prayer ministry at St. Martin’s. Requests made known through the parish office or our priest are shared with a small group who have committed to a “prayer chain” that anchors the requests in God through private devotion.
You don’t have to be “good” at praying. It’s not about what we do, but our willingness to be attentive to what God is doing. Simply lifting up the names, even if you don’t know the exact circumstances, and imagining that person surrounded by light and love is a generous ministry.
I wonder if there are more people would like to be intentionally involved in praying for those specific situations and persons that come to our attention? It seems to me that one of the great ministries of our parish is to be a spiritual powerhouse for our wider community, like the monasteries and convents were in former times. Offering prayer helps draw us closer to the creation and all the people that God loves, not just the names we know.