I enjoyed the Taize Prayer of GCF on Thursday night which allows my thoughts to sink and my mind to rest. Walking from Jordan to TST, and walking along the seafront before taking ferry to Wan Chai, and then taking bus back home are simply the best combination to rest for me 🙂
I am not a fans of prayer meeting because prayers there tend to be a bit long and there are many of them, and to be honest I am not interested in all the topics. Also, with my eyes closed, I could felt asleep easily which made me feel embarrassing when this was discovered by people around me. But Taize prayer is quite different.
My impression to Taize is that it focuses more on still and silence and from there participants could rest and be still, and to pray. So everything is short..
- short songs which is easy to remember, and to become still by repeating a single song for a while
- short bible verses for reflection (the short songs as well)
- short prayer in the spoken prayer setting where people could yell their items
.. so more time could be given to ‘stay’ on a particular song, or a particular bible verses. It gives me a feeling that the focus is more on bringing participants back to God in still and silence before people ‘yelling’ their prayers. Somehow, we learnt that a long prayer doesn’t necessarily means God will listen to that. What we would like to pray was known before we pray – I that doesn’t mean we don’t need to pray, but the focus shouldn’t be on how well or detailed one delivered the prayer in spoken words. But I do agree that a detailed explanation be given before a short prayer (relative to the explanation).
Some of the photos taken during my walk at TST seafront and at ferry pier