Going Raspberry Picking

by Christine Sine

Ricci and I are going raspberry picking this morning.  It may not sound like a very spiritual task but I am recognizing more and more that spirituality is not confined to the boxes of prayer and Bible study and being out in the midst of God’s creation is definitely one place where I connect to God.  I think that the concept of “prayer without ceasing” is more an attitude of mind where we are alert to encounters with God in the everyday events of life.  God is revealed in every aspect of our world and in all the mundane activities with which we fill our days.  The problem is that we rarely listen or look for God in these situations because we have confined him to a small spiritual box that we close every morning after we have said our prayers (if we pray each day that is).

Perhaps it would be easier for all of us to pray if when we became Christians we were taught that prayer is about listening to God and responding to God’s presence in the world rather than about finding a quiet place with no worldly distractions in order to talk to God – or unfortunately more often to present our petitions and shopping lists to God.

What do you think?

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Jamie Arpin-Ricci July 22, 2008 - 4:15 pm

Growing up we had a large raspberry garden, so I am well acquainted with the process. It is such a delicate and deliberate process. Great thoughts, Christine.


Maria July 22, 2008 - 5:14 pm

Yes, I do think it would be easier if we were taught to pray in the midst of life. I love quiet, undistracted spaces, but my life doesn’t allow many of them these days, and my prayer life hasn’t recovered!

Christine Sine July 30, 2008 - 3:45 pm

Sounds like an interesting book. I will try to get hold of it. Thanks for the suggestion.


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