We sit when life goes well.
We sit when life is tough.
Things aren’t going so well.
We sit because we love God.
We sit because we trust God.
We sit even when we are not so sure anymore.
We let go and open to the presence and actions of God within.
That is what Centering Prayer is.
It sometimes feels like a walk in the dark.
That is okay.
This Centering Prayer seems to teach us who we are.
It teaches us how to live.
It shows us the way forward.
And so we return to our sits each day.
They make us whole.
They nourish our souls.
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