I awoke with a bad headache this morning, and so I put off praying Morning Prayer. Instead, I sat in the recliner with an ice pack, and distracted myself with the TV Food Network.
After an hour or so, I was feeling better, and decided to check my e-mail. While on the computer, it occurred to me that if I was up to checking e-mail, then I should be able to pray the Divine Office without making my headache any worse.
That’s when the clanging and banging in my head began…right away! It wasn’t the physical pain returning, rather it was a litany of reminders of all that I still had to do yet this morning: the bed needs to be made; the breakfast dishes are in the sink; the house should be put in order before my husband returns from his appointment, etc., etc., etc.
All the while I had been watching TV, and during the time I was checking e-mail, I had been peaceful. I’m used to these chronic headaches and so is my husband. Sometimes things get done off schedule, and sometimes they don’t get done at all on a particular day. Usually, I can accept the inevitable.
But let me think of praying….let me reach for my breviary or rosary, and immediately the “noise” starts. The devil truly hates prayer. I know this, and yet I still fall prey to his distractions sometimes.
He knows, of course, our weaknesses, and just what to tell us to entice us to delay or put off prayer altogether for a while. But sometimes, he is just so obvious….and I caught him in the act today. Thank You, LORD!
I dispatched a quick prayer to powerful St. Michael, and clicked over to DivineOffice.org.
And what did I find in the first Psalm prayer?
Lord, send your mercy and your truth to rescue us from the snares of the devil, and we will praise you among the peoples and proclaim you to the nations, happy to be known as companions of your Son.
We are all vulnerable to different “snares.” We need to know what they are, so that we can recognize the voice of the destroyer of souls when he presents himself to us. There are few things he hates more than prayer, so we must be alert and wise as serpents…
Morning Prayer today was a special blessing. God is so Good! He rewards the least effort with His everlasting Kindness.
They laid a snare for my steps,
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path
but fell in it themselves.
My heart is ready, O God,
my heart is ready.
I will sing, I will sing your praise.
Awake, my soul,
awake, lyre and harp,
I will awake the dawn
(From Psalm 57, LOH, Morning Prayer, August 2)