Pray without ceasing while commuting

In I Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul urges the church to “pray without ceasing,” and this passage has inspired many people to find ways to live and practice a prayerful life. A retired bishop of the Church of England has noted that the stressful commuting life may offer opportunities for prayer and reflection. The Rt. Rev. Christopher Herbert has written a prayer book so that commuters can “Get to work on prayer’


ENGLAND: Bishop encourages commuters to get to work on prayer

From Episcopal Life Online

The Church of England has published a book of prayers and reflections to help frazzled commuters prepare for the winter ahead — and then unwind on the way home.

The Rt. Rev. Christopher Herbert, recently retired bishop of St. Albans, wrote the book after reflecting on the “turbulence” of the modern working day, beginning with the search for a space to park. “It might have been dark, wet and miserable,” suggests the bishop, “and then, once on the train, the carriage was packed. It’s not exactly a stress-free or easy way to begin the day, is it?”

On the way home, the bishop says, commuters have to deal with “crowds in the street hurrying, heads down, eager to get to the station or the bus. The subdued hubbub in the station concourse, and then an infuriatingly unruffled and disembodied voice saying, ‘We apologize for the late arrival of…’ It’s a turbulent way to live.” All this, the bishop argues, means “some of the things that might give you a moment of peace or a time for reflection are crowded out.”

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