Scriptures and Quotes for Prayer and Reflection

The purpose of meditation is not to get anywhere, but rather to make ourselves available for God.  The reality is that God is always and everywhere present to us.  But we are not always present to God.  In prayer we open ourselves meet more than our own thoughts and feelings.  We open ourselves to meet THE OTHER, the Holy One, the source of love.

The scripture passages or quotes below are simply to help open us up. We encourage you to pause when you find one that stirs anything in you at all. (Regarding the number of quotes and scriptures at a time like this, less is usually better.)

“When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.  When you look for me, you will find me.
Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says your God, and I will change your lot.”
                                                                            – Jeremiah 29
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
–  Rabindranath Tagore
We need, in love, to practice only this:  letting each other go.
For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Have no fear, for I am with you.
                                                                         – God (Is. 43:5)
Do not seek death.  Death will find you.
But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
                                                                                        – Dag Hammarskjold  
 “Dear God, is it OK to talk to you even when I don’t want anything?
          Love, Eric”
                                                                                               – From “Children’s letters to God”
Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you drink?
When did we welcome you away from home or clothe you in your nakedness?
When did we visit you when you were ill or in prison?
                                                                      – (Mt 25:37-39)
The center of the universe is a loving heart.
                                                                                                           – Donald Nicholl, as he was dying