Prayer & Meditation

“Prayer is talking to our Higher Power and meditation is listening to Him/Her.”

I’ve heard it said that prayer is talking to our Higher Power and meditation is listening to Him/Her.  I learned to practice prayer my first time through OA back in the early 80’s.  I wasn’t very good at meditation then.

The first time I remember meditating was at a retreat at Ferncliff my second time back in OA.  I was walking the labyrinth near the little forest chapel.  When you walk a labyrinth you are supposed to meditate on a question.  I don’t remember what the question was, but all of a sudden I, clearly in my mind I heard the words “God is in control.”  At the time it was the answer I needed to whatever my problem was.

Since that time there have been other occurrences of words coming through that served me in a time of need. “If our God is for us, then who could ever stop us… If our God is with us, then what could stand against?” are words that have come to mind when I have felt that I am facing difficult circumstances.

The message I keep hearing now is “The more I trust You, the more I grow”.    These words reassure me that as I keep working the program, my recovery and my serenity will grow ever stronger.