Take some deep breaths, giving thanks to the Source of the life you receive. For twenty minutes commune silently with our Creator, Savior, and indwelling Spirit.
Read Psalm 145:1-7. Take a word from the reading. Listen to what that word means for you. Thank God for the insight you have been given and ask God to help you accept any invitation that grows from it. Be in silence for a moment of transition preparing to bring the word you have received into your world of daily activity.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
What invitation arises as you meditate on God’s “wondrous works”? Join the conversation.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
—Psalm 145:5 (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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