Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Prayer for the evening

I really like the website Sacred Spaces...

....it's an Irish site that focuses on prayer as it's form of spiritual formation.

I know I've mentioned it before (at least on Facebook).

This is the prayer for this evening, which really hit home with me in several ways.

Presence
I remind myself that, as I sit here now,
God is gazing on me with love and holding me in being.
I pause for a moment and think of this.

I love this image - I imagine God looking at me, and holding me like a mother - or father - cradles a newborn. I can picture my friends Phil and Darcy who just had their precious baby. If their love for their daughter is only a fraction of what God feels for me, it's overwhelming. Powerful. Amazing Love.

Freedom
If God were trying to tell me something, would I know?
If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice?
I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations
and open to what God may be saying to me.

Do I really hear what God wants me to know? Does the noise of the world crowd out any or all of the messages I need to hear? Can I shut out the noise and be open to what God wants to say to me?

Consciousness
I exist in a web of relationships - links to nature, people, God.
I trace out these links, giving thanks for the life that flows through them.
Some links are twisted or broken: I may feel regret, anger, disappointment.
I pray for the gift of acceptance and forgiveness.

I pray for friends and family members who are connected to me by a variety of links. May any broken or hurt chains be healed by God.

The Word of God
Matthew 13, 36-43

What can I learn from this passage about the existence of good and evil in my life?

Conversation
How has God's Word moved me?
Has it left me cold? Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?
I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me, I turn and share my feelings with him.

I wonder what it would be like, to sit at Starbucks and just talk to Jesus. I know I tell my students praying to Jesus is like talking to your BFF - he wants to know everything and anything about you.

Do I really believe this? If I do, how does this image change my life - and my prayer time? Why is it easier for me to talk to a person rather than Jesus? What lines of communication do I need to open up - or revisit?

Conclusion
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.

amen

Source: http://www.sacredspace.ie/daily-prayer/2012-07-31
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