French meal in the countryside
This past weekend my wife and I drove out in the French countryside a bit east of Paris for a Soirée de poésie (Poetry Night). Our friends had prepared a simple meal for the 30 or so who would show up. It was nothing elaborate, quite humble actually….but it was done in the typical French style of several courses. Here’s the list of food as I remember it:
- entrée: tuna salad on cracker, mini pizzas and slice breaded hotdogs.
- salade: maché with sliced almonds and pear
- plat principal: parmentier de canard (mashed potatoes with duck confit)
- fromage: we each received a wedge or two of camembert cheese
- dessert: gateau de fromage avec des fromboises (cheesecake with raspberries)
The point I’d like to make is, although this was quite a humble meal, when it is spread out in different courses starting around 8pm and ending around 11pm….it still makes quite an meal. Somehow the food is enhanced by separating it out and serving it with a pause in between.
So why can’t prayer be more like that? What if you expanded what your time prayer looks like? What if you included more parts to prayer than just asking for stuff? What if you separated a bit each kind of prayer so that you enhanced each one?
Just like this meal I experienced….keep each course very simple….but add several courses.
So, give it a try. Create a little spiritual menu for yourself: a little praise for who God is, a little thanksgiving for what he has done….maybe you need to intercede for some one….then prayer for those things you’re dealing with…then finish off by a prayer of joining God in his mission here on earth. You can look through my lists of ideas here under the menu tab. I think you’ll find that you have created a nice spiritual experience between yourself and God.