- 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.
- Push back your shoulders, opening your chest. Lift your chest as high as you can when you inhale. Feel yourself lifting your soul to God.
- Continue this exercise opening yourself, lifting your soul to God, and trusting God with your full being.
- Offer your sins and transgression to God whom you trust with your full being.
- Feel the forgiveness and love showered upon you.
- God leads and teaches the humble.
- For those who are truly sorry, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
- On what path is God leading you today?
- Are there temptations on the path?
- How will God lead you away from temptation?
- What instruction do you hear?
- What do you need to let go to follow?
- What is God’s invitation 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, November 28, 2021, the First Sunday of Advent (Year C)
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2021 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 training, 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.