1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people,
from this time on and forevermore.
3For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
on the land allotted to the righteous,
so that the righteous might not stretch out
their hands to do wrong.
4Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts.
5But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways
the LORD will lead away with evildoers.
Peace be upon Israel!
- 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.
- As you find freedom in the breath, consider the nearness of God.
- Notice how God surrounds you.
- Fill any empty spaces around you with the love of God that surrounds you.
- The love of God does not move away from you.
- The love of God always surrounds you.
- Scan your body and notice any cracks of brokenness.
- Allow God’s love to fill the cracks bringing you closer to wholeness.
- Continue this exercise until you feel as complete as you can be today.
- Rest in God’s love.
- Feel God’s seal upon you.
- Carry this feeling with you through the day.
- What is God’s message for you?
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday,September 9, 2012, the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
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