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Jan 9, 2022

402 In The Beginning Was The Word, A Guided Christian Meditation on John 1:1-5 with the Recenter With Christ app

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.

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 connecting with God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.

Bible verses for Meditation:

John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be 4 through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
5 the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

Meditation on Scripture:

Many times we speak of the word of God as though it refers to the Bible or some specific knowledge imparted by the Bible. The Word means something far greater. The Word existed from the beginning at it was with God and it was God. The act of creation occurred through the Word. The word brings order. The Word organizes chaos. The Word sets truth. The Word declares what is righteous. The Word declares victory over sin and death. The Word represents more than just information it represents consciousness. God was conscious before the world began and will be forever after it is gone. As Christians we recognize the priority and identity of God in all these things.

And in the act of creation we were made in the image of God. We were breathed into us the breath of life, the light of the human race. We have consciousness. Our role as agents is a reflection of the light of Christ that shines in the darkness. We did not come to where we are without God and we certainly cannot get to where God wants us to be without this same influence. When we ponder on how our life needs to change, it need not be from a place of shame but of one that embraces the role of the breath of life God gave us.

I hope that we can feel peaceful growth this year and always through Christ our Lord. He will guide us to what is most important as we humbly listen.

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 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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Final Question: What role does the Word have in your life?

Final Thought:

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