Receive the love of God as you sit silently in Centering Prayer.
Read Isaiah 43:1-4. Then read it again. On the second reading, use your name and family name in place of Jacob and Israel. Hear what God is saying to you. Ponder that word. Let it sink in deeply. Offer your response in thanksgiving and petition. Take the assurance that comes to you.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
What do you experience when you imagine Divine Love calling you by name? Join the conversation.
But now thus says the LORD,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
—Isaiah 43:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
This week we invite you to practice Centering Prayer:
1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly, and then silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
3. When engaged with your thoughts [which includes body sensations, feelings, images, reflections], return ever so gently to the sacred word.
4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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