Every now and then it is good to reflect on the things that easily distract us - and consider whether they are innocuous or risky. It's not always easy to be honest with ourselves - is it? This meditation reflects on that.
Beware the wiles of The Whisperer,
the one who would draw you into wickedness:
not into wild excesses,
at least, not at first,
but almost gently;
except this is no form of gentleness.
Rather, it is to be subtly steered
into that first tentative step
that takes you through a curtain
you know is drawn for your good;
a barrier which screens you from
a tantalizing glimpse of unrighteousness.
The Whisperer will draw you on,
on, on, onwards
into a deeper and deeper mire
which once seemed so unlikely to harm you;
‘Just a question of giving curiosity a little rein’.
How dangerous these moments are;
how easy to let the Whisperer beckon.
That moment of suggestive invitation
is a moment for prayer.
To be able to say ‘No’
and remain steadfast in that ‘No’
is a moment for crying out to God.