Wednesday, February 4

Tell me just where I am going...


When the earth gave birth to this tree,
There came no sound:
A green shoot thrust
in silence from the ground.

Our births don’t come so quiet—
Most lives run riot—
But the bud opens silently,
And flower gives way to fruit.

So must we search
For the stillness within the tree,
The silence within the root.

( from ‘Rain in the Mountains: Notes from the Himalayas’
by Ruskin Bond )

Dear God,

Speak gently in my silence.
When the loud outer noises of my surroundings
and the loud inner noises of my fears
keep pulling me away from you.

Help me to trust that you are still there
even when my ears are shut from you
Open me to your whisper :
“Come to me, you who are overburdened,
And I will give you rest...”

Be my guide..for I am confused
Be my guide... so I might know
just where I’m going.


Again....I’ll pray for my coffee brake !

AS I was visiting a group of elderly women at a Presbyterian Church in Grapevine, USA, we shared about prayer and prayer-life. They told me how they were closely knit and how they pray for one another as a Christian group. What they shared with me sounded unique and novel. It is indeed a brilliant idea that is worth sharing.

They told me,..“Brother, every fortnight we gather in the Church for a vesper service. All of us bring a new coffee-mug to the worship altar. Each coffee-mug is unique. Each mug carries the owner’s name on it. Our Pastor will number the mug and shuffle the lot. We pray and take the lot to carry home another person’s coffee-mug. The next two weeks we use this coffee mug to serve ourselves the morning coffee and the bed coffee. And every day, as we sip a hot lovingly made coffee in that mug, we can never forget the person who owns it. We spend the coffee time praying for that person! Later, that mug becomes a prayer souvenir in our showcase”.

In all these years of Christian living, I have never heard such a simple and brilliant idea to make me remember another person in my daily prayer.... the coffee brake prayer!......Have you?