A Long, Loving Look


Every caregiver needs the restorative power of a quiet time. But not simply the absence of noise or freedom from insistent demands. Perhaps it should be called trust time. A time for prayer without words. Or a prayer for which there are no words. A time for us to let the deepest places of our heart speak to our Ever Listening Father, to speak of needs we may neither know or understand. A time of surrender and openness.

“Step out of the traffic”, Psalm 46:1 in THE MESSAGE urges us. Step away from the constant needs of the one you care for. Then take what is perhaps the more difficult step. Step away from your own insistent inner traffic.

When we “step out of the traffic”, we’re inclined to expect some new life- altering demand. Instead, our Forever Welcoming Lord invites us to “take a long, loving look at me, your High God”. A long look. Don’t rush. A loving look. Bask in the wondrous fact that you are deeply loved by the One who holds all things securely in his hands, and the truth that you are being loved into loving him more deeply.

“Prayer is simply receiving the ever-benevolent gaze of God, and returning it in kind.”

Richard Rohr

Photo courtesy of Alek Zaslawski (www.awzorchids.com), copyright 2016

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