Receive the incredible and awesome gift of awareness of God. Let your time of Centering Prayer be a turning to receive what God has to give of divine love and gracious presence.
Read Exodus 3:1-6. Receive a word that comes to you through this reading. Listen to what it says to you. Pay attention to the implications of it. Take off your shoes to symbolize letting go and realizing the immediacy of the Divine Presence. Pray for guidance. Be quiet long enough to allow the word God has given you to resonate within.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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Then [God] said [to Moses], “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
—Exodus 3:5 (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.
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