Having celebrated Easter Sunday, we are moving through the church calendar’s marking of the Easter season. Consistent with this season’s celebration of new life and a new way of life together, we continue our consideration of habits, practices or disciplines to incorporate into the upcoming week (based on “Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us” by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun).
The practice we are looking to guide us on this fifth Sunday of Easter is a subset of prayer, specifically praying the “Prayer of Recollection.” The desire behind this practice is “to rest in God, allowing him to calm and heal my fragmented and distracted self. (Calhoun, p.281). The Psalmist points us in this direction when he describes himself this way: But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. (Psalm131:2) This prayer practice is one in which we collect or recollect ourselves, letting go of distractions and allowing ourselves to be directed by the Spirit back to the center of our true selves and our true identity in Jesus Christ. However, taking on the attitudes required for this prayer is hard work. It requires a letting go of our masks and false selves which include our addictions, sins, idols and pretense. A prayer of recollection is a prayer that requires being more receptive than active. In this season of Easter, Jesus calls us to prayer by which we may recollect ourselves and know that we may rest in the Risen Saviour who calms our hearts and makes us whole. –EGN