Spiritual Practice

In the Cathedral

Kate Traub

In the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, I hear only the hollow echo of my footsteps on the cold stone floor. My eyes drift upward to the stained-glass windows, then to the majestic gothic ceiling. The cathedral is awe-inspiring.

Built nearly nine hundred years ago as a place of worship, it still serves this purpose today. Some of her visitors are simply tourists, for whom the cathedral is merely another historical or cultural site on their list. But many people come to worship. As I gaze upon the scenes of Christ’s life depicted in stained glass, stone carvings, paintings, and intricate sculputure, I stand in the presence of God and think about my Savior. Ignoring the crowds, I explore this sacred spot silently, reverently, and alone. Breathing in the Spirit of God, basking in God’s presence, my heart is drawn to praise.

In such grandeur, I think only of God’s greatness. I realize that when I focus on God’s power instead of on my own problems, I can hear God more clearly and do what God requires. Wherever I am, I will try to be quiet and listen to God.

       Be still, and know that I am God;
       I will be exalted among the nations,
       I will be exalted in the earth.
                   Psalm 46:10 (NIV)


5-SECOND PRAYER: Holy God, please quiet my heart and my thoughts so that I may hear your voice. Amen.



—from devozine (November/December 2009). Copyright © 2009 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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