Practising the Presence of God (Saturday 18 March)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

You are my God. Show me what you want me to do, and let your gentle Spirit lead me in the right path.

(Psalm 143.10)

Reflect:

In this verse, David is seeking guidance and asking the Lord for his help. He is listening for God for direction  and leadership. We may have some reservations about whether God speaks to usbut we stand in a long line of people who have been addressed by God. The ancient Israelites heard the voice of God, including people like Samuel, Moses, Isaiah and many others.

Respond:

How do feel about the idea of hearing from God? You might like to read out loud this verse several times. Enjoy the phrase ‘you are my God’ and then sit quietly and available to God for him to speak gently to you.

 

Midday Meditation:

Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation -- and for me the most important part is listening to God's replies.’

(Frank C. Laubach)

Evening Reflection:

Dear God,

Speak gently in my silence.

When the loud outer noises of my surroundings,
and the loud inner noises of my fears
keep pulling me away from you, help me to trust
that you are still there even when I am unable to hear you.

(Henri Nouwen)

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