Resonating

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The other Sunday our Elijah Interfaith class of 2020 met on Zoom. We were looking at the word ‘Resonance’.

Tonight at a Quaker meeting on Zoom we were considering prayer. The first thirty minutes were in silence and the second was what is referred to as ‘worship sharing’.

I was last to go and I found myself saying something like,

In the silence, my mind was going to passages in which Jesus either prayed or spoke of prayer,

  • When he taught the Lord’s prayer
  • When he prayed “That they may be one as we are one.”
  • When he told Peter that he would fall away but that he prayed for him and he would return

I was then thinking of the Quaker reading (taken from the Canadian Quaker Faith and Practice) that was shared at the start of the meeting,

1. Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose Light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life.

2. Bring the whole of your life under the ordering of the spirit of Christ. Are you open to the healing power of God’s love? Cherish that of God within you, so that this love may grow in you and guide you. Let your worship and your daily life enrich each other. Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you. Remember that Christianity is not a notion but a way.

3. Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way into silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life. Do you encourage in yourself and in others a habit of dependence on God’s guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.

It sounded like a prayer indeed many passages sound like prayers from which we gain strength. It is almost like the written prayer contains a power that is not limited to the moment it was said.

And then I heard it, “We use that word resonance regularly without thinking about it as a phenomenon, an action. When it happens words that are just words become alive for us.”

I realised in the sharing how something goes from a word to being aware of it to using it differently.

It was as we considered resonance as a group and lived with it that I gained a new appreciation of it.

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Gordie Jackson

Gordie Jackson

Speaks with a Northern Irish accent, lives in Hertfordshire, England.