Conversations


What do you do when if feels like you call out to the Lord continually but don’t hear an answer — Is this a trial of faith? Is it not God’s time for an answer? Am I asking the wrong question? Does God not care?
 
With the psalmist we cry:
 
Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
 

I’m sure we can all relate to these out-crying moments — but how do we get to the praise of psalm 18 and 28: 

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer”
“To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me.”
 

One of my favorite teachings on prayer comes from Walter Wangerin Jr.  He teaches prayer as 4 acts of conversation: 1.We speak. 2.God Listens. 3.God speaks. 4.We listen. Simple, and a fifty percent guarantee. The reality that God will listen and speak is a given, leaving the onus on me to carry out my  part.

 
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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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