Multitasking

Multitasking is the way of prayer. Praying and living at the same time, all the time. Listening to a friend and praying at the same time. Preaching (in my case) and praying at the same time. Shoveling snow and praying at the same time. Driving the car at the end of a long day and praying at the same time. Brother Lawrence (Practicing the Presence of God) worked in the kitchen for 15 years…and prayed at the same time. Prayer is a multitasking invitation.

Sigh. My children can tell you I am not very adept at multitasking. However, I once crocheted each one of them a prayer afghan and prayed for that one much, if not all, of the time I crocheted stitch after stitch.

Contemplative prayer does not mean going off to a retreat house by oneself; contemplative prayer is multitask praying throughout the day, stitch after stitch.