Jesus tells us: "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in your secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." (Matthew 6.6) ... "therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops." (Luke 12.3)
    Prayer is speaking to God ... contemplation is listening to God. We must do both frequently. Paul says: "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17) ... that is, keep constantly in touch with God ... speaking to God and listening to God. All the while, in the silence of your "room" with doors closed, savor the presence and love of that which loves you most. A bird, a butterfly, a leaf on a tree, a flower, a rabbit, a child, a smile ... all reflect the reality and love of its Creator. Close your eyes and see.

by Nathan [May 1996]