There are times when life is just busy. The days are packed and it can seem difficult to keep up with all the demands on our time. It is during these times that our relationship with God often suffers, as prayer can often be the first thing to drop off our to-do list. Even priests and religious can feel the pressure of a hectic life. French priest and author Henri Nouwen wrote in his book Making All Things New:
Our lives often seem like over-packed suitcases bursting at the seams. In fact, we are almost always aware of being behind schedule. There is a nagging sense that there are unfinished tasks, unfulfilled promises, unrealized proposals. There is always something else that we should have remembered, done, or said.
If this sounds like your life, Nouwen also wrote a simple prayer to help maintain a stillness of heart and remain connected with God even in the busy seasons of life. Write this prayer down and put it on the bathroom mirror, by the kitchen sink, or in your daily planner as a way to stay peaceful and close to Our Lord when life feels overwhelming.
Speak gently in my silence. When the loud outer noises of my surroundings, and the loud inner noises of my fears keep pulling me away from you, help me to trust that you are still there even when I am unable to hear you.
“Come to me, all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest…for I am gentle and humble of heart.”
Let that loving voice be my guide.