It’s Week Five of practicing a new spiritual discipline, something Adele Calhoun calls ‘Welcoming Prayer.’ And let me tell you, this has been a sweet and dear practice.
|Stained glass at a local Anglican church.
To me, it’s a reminder of the precious moment Mary said “Welcome, Jesus, welcome.”
“Desire: to welcome Jesus into every part of my life, body, circumstances and relationships
Definition: Welcoming prayer is a way to detach from my need to be secure, liked and in control, and attach to the presence of Jesus instead.”
Additionally, she describes that a ‘welcoming prayer’ can be as simple as uttering, “Welcome, Jesus, welcome” (pg. 287).
So that’s just what I decided to do – pray, “Welcome, Jesus, welcome” at various times throughout my day. It was a prayer I was aware of throughout the week, and whenever I felt nervous or lonely or confused or stressed, it bubbled forth from my heart: “Welcome, Jesus, welcome.”
Though three simple words, they bent my heart towards deeper and fuller attention of Jesus’ presence in my life. Here’s some specific moments I prayed this prayer:
- When I was nervous merging onto the highway: Welcome, Jesus, welcome
- When I was about to hop on the treadmill to exercise: Welcome, Jesus, welcome
- When I opened up my homework to read: Welcome, Jesus, welcome
- When I was getting ready for bed: Welcome, Jesus, welcome
- “Increases awareness of triggers and the things that drive and control you
- Ability to let go of the agenda and risk on God
- Surrender of control
- Growing awareness of the presence of Christ in the events of your life
- Growing emotional health”