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HEARTS OPEN to GOD
WHEN I was younger, I used to think that if I was truly reverent, the Bible's instruction to "pray without ceasing" (I Thess. 5:17) meant that I should be repeating some prayer all day long. As you can imagine, I was relieved to learn that this wasn't the case—there's a lot more to prayer than just saying (or thinking) the right words. Prayer, I've found, happens when we allow our hearts to be open to God.
In high school, I learned that prayer doesn't originate in your head. Whether I was challenged by an academic assignment or feeling troubled by sickness, I exercised this idea of turning to God for help and healing. The more I practiced this, the more I learned that prayer isn't like choosing a mantra. Instead, prayer is a spiritual listening. I've always loved this passage from the Bible: "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7).
As time passed, concerns about school and getting into college abated, when I began to enjoy the ways in which God was already caring for me and everyone. I realized that my humble desire to express purity, wholeness, to trust good, and to live my life in harmony with the rest of God's creation, was a kind of prayer in itself.
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Ginger Mack lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
with contributions from DANIEL OTIENO OKELLO, SANDRA CARR OWENS, LAURA N. SINEX, DIANE A. CHARIPAR, DELIA THOMPSON
AT THE CENTER OF OUR LIVES
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Hadeel Al-Shalchi
BY BARBARA VINING
HEARTS OPEN to GOD
BY GINGER MACK
IN A SAFE PLACE
BY INGRID MONSALVE
THE GOD I PRAY TO...
Warren Bolon with contributions from Makengo Ma Pululu
A spiritual response to food contamination
BY COLLEEN DOUGLASS
NEVER LEFT HANGING
BY KATHLEEN MANGELSDORF
PRAYER AND THE MISSING BUS PASS
BY GRACE GILLIS
FACING DOWN INTIMIDATION
BY VERENA LINNING
A TEACHER AND A TEACHING FOR ALL TIMES
A PRECIOUS COMMAND
EMILY WALKER BRICKLER
THE ETHICS OF THE ELECTED
SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DIFFICULTY HEALED
DILSHAD KHAMBATTA EAMES
PERMANENT HEALING AFTER BIKE ACCIDENT
PETER T. MUDIDA
LUMP IN BREAST HEALED QUICKLY
GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING