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It's Too Noisy

posted 23 Jan 2013, 04:43 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com
My head can be a noisy place, even when it is actually quiet in the world. The stresses of life can sometimes build up and as a result if something doesn't happen when I would like it to it causes even more noise and even more annoyance! 

This means that as I try to make space to sit and learn from Jesus by reading the bible and praying if something doesn't change quickly I wonder what on earth the point was. My frustration with whatever situation I'm in at the time becomes the focus of whatever I'm reading about and I wonder what on earth God is doing by not responding or doing anything.

About this, Bonhoeffer writes: 

"It in one of the particular difficulties of meditation that our thoughts are likely to wander and go their own way, toward other persons or to some events in our life. Much as this may distress and shame us again and again, we must not lose heart and become anxious, or even conclude that meditation is really not something for us. When this happens it is often a help not to snatch back our thoughts, but quite calmly to incorporate into our prayer the people and the events to which our thoughts keep straying and thus in all patience return to the starting point of the meditation."

Being calm is an ideal position we all want to reach (at least I do!), so I think when a person or a situation is on my mind, rather than getting stressed out about it I will try to reflect a little more calmly and prayerfully. I'm sure it isn't easy, but let's give it a try!

Ben
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