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.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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