Finding Our Way Back Home: Getting Un-Stuck in our Prayer Life
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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Text from the first four paragraphs of "Finding Our Way Back Home"There are times in our lives when we simply need to start something with a fresh outlook. Periodically, we need to begin again - a routine, a resolution or a relationship might need a new view. Our relationship with God is one of those things that we all need to refresh from time to time.We often make our prayer lives quite complicated, but in many ways, our relationship with God is very much like a relationship with the people we love in our lives. Whether it is a spouse, a friend or a favorite sibling, there are times when we seem out of touch, not sure what the other is thinking or feeling. How do we adjust this? We get in touch with our loved one, making plans for a nice dinner together, a cup of coffee or a phone call.How are you? What is going on in your life? Let me tell you what I am wrestling with. Let me share what makes my life joyful, sad, confused or angry.The very instincts we rely on to get back in touch with our loved ones are the same ones that can reconnect us with our loving God. It starts with a little time. Our lives are hectic, rushed and busy, and too often we work hard to keep them that way. In our busy-ness, we can sometimes pretend that we are not feeling lost or empty. The first step to finding our way home to God begins with a little time. Our prayer lives can seem complicated, but they don't need to be. Too often, we arm our prayer lives with books, theories and beautiful prayers we have known since childhood. These are all good things, but sometimes these good things may become routine and can move us into thoughts in our heads rather than feelings in our hearts. Prayer is a conversation from my heart to God's and our God is waiting with delight to talk with us and to hear us share our lives.