I recently read something from an AMAZING book . ( link below) The author says when you go somewhere like a family gathering or a party that you should pray for something sacred to happen.She says we are called to be welcoming, and hospitable to people no matter where we are. Helping others feel “at home” , and valued.
I thought that was so beautiful. Then I felt confirmed to do this through my learning about the Benedictine Rule of life.
We have all been at a gatherings and the person we are talking to is looking around or is quickly switching to the next person that passes by.
We have also been the person that is not that interested in the current conversation and just politely saying yes and no….
But the Benedictine Monks say that you should treat every meeting , every conversation, every single phone call with the utmost attention. As if you are speaking with Jesus himself.
What a wasted night if no one was really listened to or gotten to know better?
We should be a beacon of God’s love for those who are suffering. We should enter a room ready to listen attentively to those that may need us. Or smile and be generous with the graces God gives us.
Since I have started saying this prayer. I notice that when I’m at a party or get together I end up having a nice conversation or two with people. Meaningful or purposeful conversations that are Sometimes deep but sometimes they are light but just so interesting because I’m actually listening and asking questions and want to get to know the person.
One of the last times I did this and it was so fruitful was at the girl’s dance auditions. The girls were upstairs dancing and all the moms were downstairs mostly on their phones but some were talking together. I ended up kinda sitting by myself.
I kinda started to declutter my phone and purse . Then I thought … I can do these things at home. Surely God has some great plans for this hour. So I said the prayer “Lord I ask that something sacred happen during this time.”
About 5 minutes later, a mom walked in a few mins late. Right away I noticed something different about her. Firstly, she was smiling at everyone. Even though she was late , she seemed composed and not frazzled . I only see this type of joy rarely. After a few minutes, I swear I think God told me who it was . I said “this is weird but do u happen to have 11 children? ”
She said “10 actually and 4 in heaven”
I said “oh I have heard of you but we have never gotten to meet before…..” and we didn’t stop talking for an hour . Kindred spirits !!!
I know without a doubt that was my something Sacred!
That was a recent one but I do this all the time now. I pray for something Sacred to happen and it always does. In situations I used to kinda dread now I leave feeling really good about something special happening.
This is an amazing book:
Finding your purpose as a Mom by Donna Otto