ConfessionNew Every Morning | June 4, 2021
Breathe in the forgiving love of God, letting it cleanse you within. Let divine compassion flood your inner being as you engage in Centering Prayer.
Read Psalm 51:1-12. Let a word penetrate deep within you. Take a moment to be in that place of sensitivity. What difference does the love of Christ make for you? Offer verbal prayers of thanksgiving for God’s grace. Take a moment to assume a new stance for relationships and situations of this day.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
When have you needed to receive or extend forgiving love? Join the conversation.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
—Psalm 51:1 (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.
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When I clicked on join the conversation- it took me back to March of 2018- many comments from the UR faithful from long ago- so good to hear so many voices. I was struck by my comments and where I was in my life trying to move from my big house to my tiny one. I was struck by how I have adjusted in many ways- how much God helped me get through. He continues to help me daily.
Enjoying a visit with my youngest and her roommate- although they are here to “celebrate my birthday” – it is clear that I am home base for their many planned adventures. I picked them up at the airport and made them lunch and they were off! I am happy to be the “home base” – that is what I am here for- always for them. Tonight my son and his girlfriend will join us for dinner – I don’t have a big enough table anymore after my downsize – but my heart is big and that is what I focus on.
Thankful for family. Thankful for my children who visit. Thankful for resources to help them. Thankful for a home base. Thankful that God is always our home base.
Prayers for all who come here today – may you find comfort in your families and your home base- which begins with God.
Yes, I had to go to the website to find today’s comment section. And now the type is tiny. So this will be interesting.
H was mean and nasty all day yesterday and continues to urinate wherever he wishes. A large puddle in front of the powder room toilet met me first thing this morning. God giveme patience.
Prayers for Robert and his family, for safe travel and safe adventures and for a warm and renewing visit. Prayers for Ally and David’s health and hopefully an update regarding the job. Prayers for Jill and Larry, for safe travel and for increased patience and awareness. Prayers for Marcy. Thank you for your prayers. I thank God for this little group and for His forgiveness for our sins.
Not sure why March 4th 2018 posts appeared, had to do what Julie did to be able to post. Sure miss those who posted 3 years ago. I think giving and receiving forgiving love is a very frequent activity, to some extent almost daily.
I would report “h’s” despicable and unsanitary behavior to your lawyer and the court. That’s domestic abuse. You are very much in my prayers.
Thank you for your prayers Julie, not just for me but for all of the oasis responders.
Wonderful, Lou, that you, your home, is “home base” for your children and their friends. You are blessed to have that. Yes. I too miss the people of the past. Always wonder how they are doing.
It was a challenge to be able to post today, thankfully three of us made it. Thank You, L:ord.