I was on a short vacation last week, and tried to continue my Lenten practices faithfully every day. It was not difficult to do that at all–every step I took, every minute that went by, seemed to be a reminder of God’s goodness and grace.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Maybe my imagination went into overdrive at times, but the connections were always there for me, helping me to move towards that goal of praying constantly, of continual awareness of the presence of God active in our lives. The things that I saw brought prayers to my heart and soul:
the shape of a chalice in the face of a cliff
a sculpture of the head of Christ in a small chapel
the chapel itself, a place of prayer anchored onto the rocks
and thorns, calling to mind the Passion of our Savior.
There was the surprise and beauty of life amongst the harshness
and thriving against all odds
And there were vistas themselves, and the vast skies,
bringing to mind at every turn of the trail the words of the psalmist: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10