Wednesday, September 21, 2016

From my Commonplace: Learning to Pray (or learning to do anything, really)

"Prayer and music have always gone together in the Christian church, and making another musical illustration may help us find ways of making Paul's prayers our own.  When children begin to learn a musical instrument, or to sing, the teacher often plays alongside them.  The children hear the music from the teacher mixed in with the sounds they are making, and this encourages them to work together, to copy the teacher and make the same noises.  It will take time, of course; and often the noise of youthful music-making is some way from being pleasant to listen to on its own, or even with a teacher. But as children grow in confidence, they move step by step towards the day when they can play without the teacher there, and may even in due course become teachers themselves." (p.113-114)
~NT Wright, thoughts on learning how to pray from Paul's prayer in 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13, Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians
I love this analogy on so many levels.

On My Nightstand This Week:
Devotional: 1 Thessalonians with the Paul for Everyone Commentary (NT Wright)
The Daily Office Lectionary Readings and Prayers from The Trinity Mission
 Theological: The Supper of the Lamb (Capon)
AO Book Discussion Group: Kim (Kipling)
On Education: Consider This (Glass)
                                                          Personal Choice: The Dean's Watch (Goudge)
Poetry: TS Eliot
With my Hubby: Emma (Austen)
Family Read-Aloud Literature: Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)
*I am also reading Charlotte Mason's Volume 6 for a local CM book club, but these meetings are infrequent, and it is my third – or fourth? – pass through it and so I just read the brief section assigned as our meetings come up. 
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