Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 In you, O LORD, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.
3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God
15 My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
- With each inhale seek freedom to sit in refuge with God
- With each exhale, let go of anything keeping you from freedom.
- Continue the inhale and exhale until you are in refuge with God (as much as you can be today).
- Sit in refuge. Be with freedom in refuge.
- Sit in refuge. Invite your body to take in what it needs from God.
- Sit in refuge. Invite your spirit to embrace what it needs from God.
- Sit in refuge. Invite your mind to store away what it needs from God.
- Who are the enemies and persecutors?
- In God’s hands, you are delivered from the enemies and persecutors.
- See yourself in God’s hands.
- Drink in the love that surrounds you. God’s steadfast love holds you and redeems you and gives you strength.
- What is your message from God?
- 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, May 14, 2017, the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD