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First Suffer

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The first time the word “suffer” appears in the Bible, God is standing up for Cain, first murderer in history.

It doesn’t describe Adam and Eve’s pain, and it doesn’t refer to Abel’s murder.

Rather, God is reassuring Cain that his enemies will suffer if they take vengeance on him. It’s a word of caring in an impossibly difficult situation.

Categories: Abel, Adam, Cain, Eve, genesis, suffering

2011: Year of Prayer?

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

On January 1 of this year, I wrote about my spiritual goal for the year, understanding prayer more so I’ll pray at least twice per day.

I find it interesting to note that as a result of discovering the practice of Praying the Hours–an ancient liturgical discipline of reading through daily scripture passages and scripted prayers–back in February, I was able to pray at least twice per day for a majority of the past year.

My sense, although I don’t have data to prove this feeling, is that the times I prayed 2-3 times daily I was more successful in my family, at church, and at work. The times I didn’t pray, I became less efficient at work and perhaps less patient at home.

So although I didn’t “pray at least twice daily” as I wrote way back on New Years Day 2011, I did pray more this past year than any other, and I’d like to continue this practice in the future.

I found that my lack of attention to prayer was less a lack of belief and more a lack of structure. Learning about the Hours has transformed my spiritual life, and this end-of-year reflection is a great reminder to continue this practice in 2012.

Categories: Prayer
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