As you may well remember, the popular novel The Diary of Anne Frank made note of the wide use of the abbreviation WC for water closet or bathroom. For our own purposes we will be using the similar abbreviation PC for prayer closet. With this having been said I’m sure it’s far more than evident where I’m going with this. We live in a world of here and now and are plagued with the idea of the scarcity of our time. In the hustle and bustle of day to day life it can often become easy to loose track of our ongoing conversation with God as well as our ongoing dialogue with ourselves.
Between work and or school, volunteering, and taking care of our many miscellaneous obligations we often tell both God and our inner selves, “Caller please hold the line.” This is not to say that we deliberately slow or stop our conversation, but we often inadvertently either put the conversation on borrowed time, or put it on hold all together. Its so very easy to tell ourselves, well, I’ll pray tonight after work, or I’m to tired now that work is over so I’ll pray tomorrow in church. When we do this we create a false reality within ourselves asserting prayer as an obligation and daunting task, when it is and should be quite the opposite. Prayer is a refuge, the peace within the midst of the storm, bridge over troubled waters, and our link to one another and to our God.
Having said all of this I would like to revisit the idea of the equation we started with, WC=PC in which we find the water closet can be our prayer closet. Prayer is not just the rote and from ideal that society has generally fed us. Every breath can be a prayer when your intention is to be one with yourself, your God, and your universe. In as much what better time to pray than during a hot peaceful bath or shower, when you can visualize the negativity and burdens of daily life be washed away. If we have time for even such a simple activity as a bath or shower, we have time to pray. It’s amazing the inspirations and comforts that can come in a meditative or prayerful bath or shower. Keep this in mind in the coming days when there’s more on your plate than you think you have time to swallow. Thank you for visiting this idea with me.
God’s Peace,Auxilio ab alto By help from on high. Br. Maurice D. Ravennah