The Attentive Life

Sermon Notes
January 25, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Joshua 4:1-9
The Prayer Project

Theme: Prayer of Examen is merely reflecting and looking at how God is at work in your life. I like to call it the Attentive Life.

Ignatius uses the fancy words of reflecting on your “consolations” and your “desolations.” That is a fancy way to say your “good” moments and your “crummy” moments. Here are the historical questions used to guide you in this prayer.

“Consolation”

  • For what am I MOST grateful today?
  • Where did I give and receive love today?
  • Where was I most energized to be the person God called me to be?
  • When did I act most faithfully to the Word of God?

“Desolation”

  • For what am I LEAST grateful today?
  • Where did I withhold and refuse love today?
  • Where was I least energized to be the person God called me to be?
  • When did I act unfaithfully to the Word of God?

(Practice this three times this week) Having spent time remembering, it seems natural to want to respond in some way. Take time to journal or pray, expressing your thoughts on the actions, attitudes, feelings, and interactions you’ve remembered as a part of this exercise.

Qualities of Attentiveness: Attentive Life by Leighton Ford

  • Being present in the moment
  • Looking freshly at what is familiar
  • Being available to see and hear God – being wakeful
  • Waiting with expectancy – attentiveness as waiting