Apr 22, 2018
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:Focus on being encircled by the love of God.
Bible verse for meditation:1 Cor 7KJV22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
ESV22 For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. 24 So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
Notice the similarities and differences in the translations presented.
What does this scripture mean to you?Has it had a different effect this reading as compared to times past?How does this scripture make you feel?
Continue breathing deeply as you ponder this meaning.
Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:
Today I was on the battlefield of Fredricksburg, a Civil War of the United States. I stood at the top of a ridge where there is an old wooden building that still has civil war bullets lodged in it from over 150 years ago. The scars of war are still visible. These scars can still afflict us as humans also through tradition or culture. As humans we think we're have more power than we do. Even the worst that we can do cannot control the ultimate destiny of another person. Here Paul recognizes a profound truth. Regardless of our circumstances in this life, through Christ we have freedom of we become His bondservants.Now as we're consider how to apply these concepts we can consider our reliance on God, as well to use all of our earthly power to help each other and to serve God. I think of the battle hymn of the republic which was popular during the civil war
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.As He died to make men holy, let us die* to make men free,While God is marching on.Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Meditation of Prayer:Pray as directed by the Spirit.Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.
Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.
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Final thought - Witness about prayer. I hope you will feel this relaxation all through the rest of the day. Have a good rest of the day.