When Louisiana was under a stay at home order, as was most of the United States, I found it easier to pray. After all, there was time, lots of it. There were abundant resources, as my church and other organizations were posting daily live-streaming devotional times of prayer, music and encouragement. Now, Louisiana is opening up in stages as the cases of covid-19 are tapering off. My own life is following suit. I am venturing out, returning to some, but not all, activities.
I am volunteering again at the food bank. My church has begun services in the building, but with limited seating and congregants. Last week, I went to a hair salon for a cut and color. Getting my hair done really helped bring a sense of normalcy to me. Gray hair and long locks are not for me.
With new activity, my near monastic life has been upended. Life is slowly inching back towards normal. But with it, I have less desire to pray. I just want to read a bit in the morning, mainly the news, and be on with my day.
How do I keep the sense of spirituality that I was enjoying in the quiet of quarantine? I’ve hit upon a solution. There’s a website and app called Pray As You Go. It’s a guided meditation from the Jesuits of Britain. There’s a spot of music to start, then a scripture reading, a time of reflection, and then the scripture is read again. The duration is about 5 minutes if you don’t stop the app to pray on your own.
I may have written about this site before. At one time, I used this program to wake to on my phone. It was, and still is, a great way to jump-start a prayer life that feels dormant. I recommend it, even more so, in these trying times with the ongoing racial tensions in the US, the news can be quite unsettling. Take time, if you will, each day to quiet your soul with Pray as You Go. You can find it online or download to your phone at Pray as You Go.