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When Brother Bruno was at prayer one night, he was disturbed by the croaking of a bullfrog. He tried to ignore the croaking, but all his attempts were unsuccessful. So he shouted from his window, “Quiet! I’m trying to pray.”
And since Bruno was a saint his command was instantly obeyed. Every living creäture within earshot held its voice to create a silence that would be favourable to prayer.
But now another sound intruded on Bruno’s worship- an inner voice that said, “Maybe God is as pleased with the croaking of that frog as with your prayers.”
“Nonsense,” was Bruno’s response “how could God like that sound?” But the voice refused to give up: “Why then do you think God invented that sound?”
The voice unsettled Bruno, so he decided to do some research. He called out once again from his window but this time giving the order, “Sing!”
The bullfrog started croaking at once; with all the other frogs in the vicinity as a backing group. But as Bruno listened this time he discovered that, if he stopped resisting them, they enriched the silence of the night.
With that discovery, Bruno’s heart became harmonious with the universe and, for the first time in his life he understood what it meant to pray.
Praying is so much more than chanting or a series of words., no matter how profound the words may be. Praying is about paying attention to the world we’re living in, its about paying attention to the presence and power of creation.
The sound of the birds singing at dusk, a flowing stream, or the rustling of the trees in the wind.
Every sight and sound, whether it be a bird singing, the sound of water, or in Brother Bruno’s experience, a bullfrog, can help us to understand if we pay attention, the precious value of everything in creation.
So this week, take a moment each day to stop and listen to the world around you. Listen to all the sounds that God created, and be thankful.
And the more you listen, the more calmness and certainty will enter your life. And the more that calmness and certainty enters your life the quicker your fears and worries will fade away.
It’s not that they magically disappear, but they no longer have the same power over you.
Each of us has a spiritual journey, but on that journey fear worry and doubt are all dead ends.
Get yourself on the road of acceptance, get yourself on the road of awareness, get yourself on the road of faith. Be happier, healthier and more fulfilled.
Thanks for reading and have a good week.