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Friday, July 5, 2019

A meditation in nature

Psalm 148 declares that all things praise God our creator. The writer of Psalm 125 prays for a heart that beats in tune with God's heart. Embedded in the fabric of this A Daily Rhythm of Praise and Prayer are moments set aside for Centering Prayer. This is a time which can vary in length within which all who are present may simply be still and rest in the presence of God. Centering prayer is an invitation to release our stresses and our worries if only for a moment, allowing God to work on us, kind of like hitting a spiritual 'reset' button; a moment of re-calibration in which we open ourselves to being drawn ever more deeply in love with God. Centering prayer is not about talking or even about thinking; its about opening our hearts and minds to a silent attentiveness to the presence of God.

For your moment of centering prayer, I hope you enjoy this one minute clip in which you will hear a winter wren singing in the forest along the West Rim Trail of the Pine Creek Gorge...

Now that you have engaged in one minute of centering, please join me in praying the following prayer:

Change the desires of my heart, loving God, so it beats in tune with yours; and may the changes you’re bringing about within me find expression in my living.

Here is a reading from the Bible that is in keeping with the theme, Community...

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)

Now please join me in praying as Jesus taught his disciples to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever. Amen.

Have a great day! God is good!

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