Today’s meditation is not about the stars, planets, and galaxies although they are always worthy of our thoughts. Nor am I talking about that special place we all need to find where we communicate with God. Barbara Taylor writes about going out on a fire escape during school to pray. Finding that unique place for each of us requires thought and planning.
No, I suggest today we give some thought to an important spiritual discipline – creating both inner and outer space in our lives. It takes effort and discipline, but each of us need to prevent the world from filling our lives to such an extent that there is no place or time to converse with God, no place in our heart for a new encounter or the return of something or someone we lost, no room in our brain to learn something new or remember something long forgotten, and no space left to listen. If we are constantly occupied with the noise and chatter of life how can we hear the voice of God?
Often, we begin a new year by making space by cleaning out our drawers and closets. I set up new files, put away last year’s receipts, balance the checkbook, and a hundred other little thing to make me think this new year will be different, I will keep better records, have my calendar organized, remember birthdays, etc. As I do that this January, it hit me that I need to concentrate more on making lots of inner and outer space for me to talk to God, and his spirit to work through me.
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