Tag Archives: distractions

The one thing necessary

Martha “was distracted by her many tasks,” the scriptures tell us (Luke 10:38-42), and she didn’t even have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. It’s no wonder we’re distracted today. Ask a room full of busy professionals how they feel most days and you’re likely to find that just about everyone swims in a flood of distractions, […]

On getting to know the Sirens

“You are worried and distracted by many things.” The words have dogged me for decades. Jesus addressed them to Martha when she tried to triangulate him into settling her disagreement with Mary about some after-dinner chores (Luke 10:38-42), but they keep hitting their mark in me. So do the ones that followed, “there is need […]

Attentiveness

Being completely silent and fully present in the moment, being perfectly immersed in prayer or in any relationship, is hard work! “How rare the moment and how brief the duration,” Nelson Thayer, my meditation teacher in seminary, often said. He was referring to that moment in prayer or meditation when distractions let go and we […]

Presence

When I was in elementary school, at the beginning of every day’s class the teacher would call the roll. “Olivia Bigger,” she would say. And Olivia would answer, “Here.” And so on through the alphabet: “Clarence Crittenden.” “Present.” “Leanne Davidson.” “Here.” “Naston Manley.” “Here.” “Richard Neal.” . . . “Here.” But was I really there? […]