Peace that surpasses all understanding

Philippians 4: 6-7

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation, paying attention to the breath.
  • Begin to consider your first prayer.
  • As you breathe, consider your prayer with thanksgiving.
  • What love do you know that lifts this prayer?
  • How has this love sustained you in the past?
  • Where might you find this love now?
  • Be open to this love. Embrace this love.
  • Consider you next prayer.
  • As you breathe, consider your prayer with thanksgiving.
  • What love do you know that lifts this prayer?
  • How has this love sustained you in the past?
  • Where might you find this love now?
  • Be open to this love.  Embrace this love.
  • Repeat these steps for all the prayers you have to lift up this day.
  • Come back to the breath.
  • Let the peace of God enfold you as you breathe.
  • Give thanks to God for this time to lift up prayer and to be embraced by God’s love.  Give thanks for any new freedom or insight you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 9, 2011,  the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 32:1-13
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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