May 12, 2019
126The Mighty Service of Women, A Guided Christian Meditation on Luke 8:1-3
I’m Chaplain Jared and I work as a hospice chaplain and an ICU chaplain, my purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open for your heart to be changed by the Spirit of God. By using centuries old form of Christian Meditation named Lectio Divina:
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.
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Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or anything tensing or unrelaxing. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
Breathe and direct your thoughts to contacting God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.
Bible verses for Meditation:
1After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him,
2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;
3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
In the united states we celebrate Mothers day the sunday this episode comes out. This is a time when people reflect on their experience with their mothers or their own role as a mother. For many this is a rewarding and fulfilling reflection but sometimes it can cause anxiety and pain either as our experiences with our own mothers or personal experiences as a mother.
I have experienced
As we reflect on the women in this scripture. Each had unique challenges and shortcomings. Despite these faults God used them to do His work and support his ministry. They were possessed of demons like Mary, or being the husband to a man who ran the house of Harrod, a man who would eventually be party to the death of Jesus. The important thing is they didn’t let those things define them or prevent from giving what they could offer, which was exactly what Jesus needed.
Sometimes we feel that we need to be doing something more amazing. Like them, We bring all that we have, flawed as we are, we have something to offer to God. Perhaps we are not the ones to work the miracles but we can work to make that work happen. Something I realize as I prepare these messages is that our own efforts fall painfully short form the true impact we have in this life.
The reward is not immediate
Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:
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.
Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:
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