Lent is often a time to explore different ways of worshipping and praying. This week we encourage you to dip your toe into the delights of ...
Be still, and know that I am God!
Pete Greig in his recent Prayer Course describes three steps in contemplative prayer:
l. Meditation - the me and God stage, time to focus. Finding something that helps me step into God's presence, gentle breathing, using a simple prayer phrase, "Thank you Jesus, I am here and you are here, My God and my all ...."
2. Contemplation- the God and me stage, less aware of myself more aware of God
3. Communion - fully aware of God, lost in wonder awe and praise, no longer consciously worshipping, or praying, time seems to stop.
We might not pass all three, we may stay in one. This is not escapism, getting out of here because it is too difficult to face. It is refuelling us with God's love so that we can believe that "all will be well". It is equipping us for the mission God has called us to fulfil. It is filling us with the experience of God's presence so that we are "infected with his presence" when we return to our place in this world.
We are going to spend 10 minutes in silent prayer together.
Please find yourself a space where you can be comfortable.
Make sure you relax your body, breath gently, don't worry about the distractions, in your mind or around you.
If you find your mind wandering you might like to use a simple spiritual word to draw you back to God's presence.
'I am here and you are here' Thank You Jesus' 'My Cod and my all .... '
Remember this is not about doing anything or trying to empty your mind. It is simply about resting in t he love and presence of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As C S Lewis said " ... w e are made t hat God may love us, t hat we may become objects in
which his divine love may rest well pleased."