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Unheeded to Mindful Spirituality: Paying Attention

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. ~ Psalm 23


The psalmist is not distracted.


He is aware of God's presence in all areas of his life: who God is, what God does, what the results are of God's presence.


It feels to me sometimes as if I just take God's presence for granted. How many times do I acknowledge God there in my life and in the lives of others?


How often is my spiritual life something I don't pay attention to?


What does it take to be mindful of God's presence?


I suppose it takes practice, just like anything else..


My recognition of God's activity comes from being aware. Opening my eyes. Stopping and listening.


Being willing to be challenged. Growing. Heeding. Loving. Serving.


- When did you notice God active in your life?

- What are the way in which you try to grow in your life of faith?



Holy One, lead me, push me, pull me, prompt me along this journey of faith. Keep my footsteps sure and my eyes fixed on the places you would send me. Amen



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