|SV-4 - On Self-Acceptance 0 Languages Russian|
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Hello everyone! I‘m Sr. Vassa, and I'm glad you joined me for this short Coffee Break, where I talk
about something random, really, with you zillions. Today let‘s talk a little bit
about daily prayer, and the wonderful fact that it is a loving discipline. We need not
feel overwhelmed by the prospect of praying daily, if we haven‘t begun the practice
yet, as if it might be some kind of burden. Because prayer, zillions, is the very opposite of burden.
It is a stepping into the sunlight, and also an adventure that carries much promise. The
promise of the Lord, Who tells us “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you
will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.“ (Mt 7:7) Now, what exactly, will be opened?
For one thing, a sense of God‘s loving presence in our often chaotic lives; a sense of His
will, as He taught us to say: “Thy will be done.“ (Mt 6:10) As we grow in our connection
to God, through prayer, and an awareness that He lovingly watches over us, so also do we
grow in a healthy love for ourselves, letting go of our arrogant self-criticism that comes
from relying solely on ourselves. When we consistently open ourselves up to God‘s will,
and His power and His love, in prayer, we become increasingly aware of our own powerlessness.
And that it‘s OK. Because acceptance of God‘s will, you see, teaches us humble self-acceptance.
Thus humility and a healthy love for ourselves are compatible in the sunny land of daily
prayer. So let‘s find time today, zillions, for a quiet moment in the sunlight.. Perhaps
in your own words, perhaps on our knees in the morning, any way that we know how.
But, I really should be getting back to work, and I hope to see you next time!