For me, prayer is a surge of the heart;
it is a simple look turned toward heaven,
it is a cry of recognition and of love,
embracing both trial and joy.
-Thérèse of Lisieux 1873-1897
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
- What word or phrase captures your attention?
- Sit with this word or phrase and allowing it to be poured over you again and again.
- Where does it rest on or in your body?
- What freedom does this word or phrase give to you?
- What tension still exists?
- Embrace both the freedom and the tension.
- Invite God into both places.
- Be open to a message from God.
- Stay with this place of openness.
- What do you hear?
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer, embracing freedom and tension. Give thanks for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, January 15, 2012, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD