“Look up. Now, Look down. Look around. (Close your eyes now.) Look within.”

This is the advice I give to those who visit the Chartres Cathedral. It helps us experience ourselves as a part of a living environment. We all get fixated in looking a certain way and in perceiving according to habitual patterns. What do I want to see from a different perspective today?


My prayer response:

God, Help me to look more care-fully. Help me to see more holistically. Inflame my courage so that I may understand what I haven’t wanted to perceive.


Biblical touchstones:

  • Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? Mark 8:18
  • I pray that the God…may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know God, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which God has called you… Ephesians 1:17-18a
  • …the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing,“Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” Revelation 4:8
  • …first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye. Matthew 7:5

Invitation to prayer:
What prayers are emerging in your heart, mind, and body?
Pray them now.


Photo: Outer edge of the labyrinth in Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia



Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.

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