The first step of Centering Prayer is to choose a sacred word that will become the focus of our time with God. … During prayer, when we begin to feel pulled off-center by worries or distractions, the sacred word will gently guide us back. … Any word that draws our attention to God is suitable … Abba, Jesus, Emmanuel, Holy Spirit, Creator, faith, love, hope, trust, calm, silence, or shalom.
—Sharon Seyfarth Garner, Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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“Be still, and know that I am God!”
—Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
whose love encircles all,
You are the one in whom I live
and move and have my being.
Thank you for the moments
when I see you most clearly.
I am sorry for the times I have turned away
from your loving presence.
With hope I look toward the new day to come,
heart aflame with your love and grace.
I am grateful that you are with me
every moment of every day.
Prayer by Sharon Seyfarth Garner
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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