You Have Brought Us Out to a Spacious Place – 66:1-12

Psalm 66:1-12

1Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;

2sing the glory of his name;

give to him glorious praise.

3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.

4All the earth worships you;

they sing praises to you,

sing praises to your name.”

Selah

5Come and see what God has done:

he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.

6He turned the sea into dry land;

they passed through the river on foot.

There we rejoiced in him,

7who rules by his might for ever,

whose eyes keep watch on the nations-

let the rebellious not exalt themselves.

Selah

8Bless our God, O peoples,

let the sound of his praise be heard,

9who has kept us among the living,

and has not let our feet slip.

10For you, O God, have tested us;

you have tried us as silver is tried.

11You brought us into the net;

you laid burdens on our backs;

12you let people ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water;

yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.
  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • What spacious spaces have you encountered recently?
  • How do you experience God in spacious places?
  • Where do you need spaciousness in your life today?
  • How do you need God to bring you into spaciousness?
  • Offer this prayer to God.
  • Where does the world need spaciousness today?
  • How does the world need God to bring the world into spaciousness?
  • Offer this prayer to God.
  • 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, October 13, 2019, the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Psalm 66:1-12 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction certification, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site. As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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