April 08, 2020

It seems I missed last Wednesday’s installment of Praying in the Midst of Life. Unfortunately, with so much time at home, the days become a blur. So here we are, two weeks later, same view from my window, but a new way of praying. Peace and Love. Stay safe. Stay Well.

Praying in the Midst of Life – Week 4

Praying with Scripture (click for video)

  1. Identify – put your name in the scripture; how is what you read reflective of something in your life; become one of the characters in the story; how does it reveal yourself to you?
  2. Revisit the scripture – is there something new you never noticed before, does something speak to you? 
  3. Live with the Scripture over a period of time. 
  4. Carry the Word within (let a word or phrase live within in you.)  “As we carry God’s word within us, we begin to be carried beyond ourselves by God’s word.
  5. Be carried beyond.  As we are carried by God’s word, we may be carried beyond ourselves into the world.  Our pain becomes the pain of others or the world & our joy the joy of others or the world; or vice versa, the pain and joy of others and the world becomes our pain and joy.  (Another way of thinking of this is do we, at some point, cease to ask God to join us in our prayer and, instead, begin to join God in God’s prayer for others and the world.)

Suggestions:

  • Find a word or phrase in scripture that speaks to you and carry it with you through the day repeating it often to yourself.
  • Find a favourite or familiar story and read it and re-read it, putting yourself in the story as one of the characters, or paying attention to the words or phrases that “jump out at you”.  If you choose a scripture with several characters, try at different times to be different characters and note how the story feels to the different characters.
  • As you pray for another person or a situation, ask to join God in God’s prayer for that person.

A Celtic Blessing for this day

Bless this house and those within.
Bless our giving and receiving.
Bless our words and conversation.
Bless our hands and recreation.
Bless our sowing and our growing.
Bless our coming and our going.
Bless all who enter and depart.
Bless this house, your peace impart.
Scottish Blessing from Contemporary and Ancient Celtic Blessings

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