One year later,
we remember ...
There, my soul surrendered itself
-- together with all that I have --
into his service
Now, I tend no other flock
Or hold any other office
Except the work of love alone.
Give your servant
lebh shomea (a listening heart)
so as to be able to discern (1 Kings 3:9).
Jesus would always go off
to some place
where he could be alone and pray (Luke 5:16).
These two texts embody the spirit of Lebh Shomea House of Prayer at La Parra Ranch located in Wild Horse Desert, six miles due east of the small South Texas town of Sarita. The purpose of the House of Prayer is to assure a milieu and to furnish a place where a person can go off to at any time in order to be alone and pray. Lebh Shomea stresses the silent listening of the heart - contemplative prayer.