There are a zillion different ways to pray. Â Â One method that I like involves reflecting on a simple question: Â Where did I see God today? Â (This is a shorter version of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen, which you can read more about here.)
If I take this question seriously and give myself time to answer it — and yes, like many of us, I don’t do this nearly as often as I should — I find I can come up with a pretty long list.
I saw God in the way that Scott got up early to make me coffee.
I saw God in the way that Matthew ran to give me a second hug as I was going out the door to school.
I saw God in the hawk sitting regally on a fence as I drove through the hills on my commute.
I saw God in the driver who kindly waved me into his lane, even during rush hour.
I saw God in the cheerfulness of a coworker.
I saw God in the receptionist at the doctor’s office who found a way to squeeze me into the doctor’s schedule.
I saw God in the pale pink camellias blooming in front of the neighbor’s house.
I saw God in the kindergarten mother who was honestly interested in how things are going.
I saw God in the way that Matthew and Luke, of their own initiative, emptied the change from their piggy banks to put into the Lenten Rice bowl.
I saw God in the way that Luke, who wants to be so independent, spontaneously reached for my hand and held it.
I saw God in the way that Scott got home late after his meeting because he was dropping off someone who didn’t have a ride home.
It’s pretty addictive, once you start.
Where have you seen God lately?