This wonder-filled volume contains 40 very personal and profound meditations on the art of taking one's days and experiences to God. The author is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, retreat leader, mother of four, and Benedictine oblate. She is chaplain to the Melrose School of the Community of the Holy Spirit in Melrose, New York, and the author of Praying the News.
Guthrie has a keen sense of the Divine Presence in her daily rounds. "Nothing in my life," she writes, "has been wasted as material for teaching me to pray." For example, all the places she has lived have become dimensions of her prayer: "The desert wind in Texas reminded me of the biblical image of the breath of God. The rains and firestorms of northern California, evoking awe and fear, suggest the pillars of cloud and fire in the Sinai desert."
Guthrie was tutored in reverential looking by her mother who taught her to take long looks at everything and to be inquisitive. "Curiosity is the foundation of true education, the love of life, of prayer" she writes. "Come and see the unfolding of what is new in every moment, the uncovering of layer after layer of reality, of love, of light. Pray as you are drawn to pray, not as someone has told you how to pray. The ancient 'illuminative way’ of prayer is seeing the extraordinary reality of God in the ordinary, detecting the movement of the sacred within the mundane. Gather all that you see outside yourself and bring it in to see up close, to magnify the Lord, to see God blazing behind the starfish, the shell, the petrified wood."
The author imaginatively prays her way through the seasons and gives us a renewed appreciation for the vibrancies of everyday spirituality. Check out the meditations on her son's doubt, her daughter's bedtime devotions, a box containing her childhood mementos, the book that brought her out of depression, and the jazz music of Miles Davis.