On Sunday, having spent the night with my friend who helped with the estate sale, I visited her little church which is much like my own. Next to the hymn book, I discovered this meditative prayer. It’s helping me deal with something, someone, beyond my control. I hope you find it helpful, too.
AN INVITATION TO PRAY
Enjoy three deep breaths.
The first breath will help you be fully aware of your body.
The second breath is to clear your mind so you may be fully present.
The third breath is to open your heart and welcome the holy spirit.
Notice a question that draws you in.
Are you bringing someone with you in your heart today?
See that person in your mind’s eye.
Picture that person whole, healthy, restored, reconciled.
God is at work in the person’s life.
Ask God to show you the role you may play.
Are you counting your blessings today?
For what and for whom are you feeling thankful today?
As you get in touch with gratitude, express it to God.
Are you anxious today?
Whatever this is, God cares about you, and all those for whom you care.
Are you in need of laying down a burden today?
Hear Christ, the burden-bearer:
“Come to me all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Be ready to lay down your burden at the foot of the cross.
Open your hands. Close your eyes.
Breathe deeply and slowly.
Empty your mind. Let sounds pass you by.
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.