Apr 24, 2022
432 I Say To You Get Up, A Guided Christian Meditation on Luke 7:11-16 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:
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”
1 Soon afterward[c] he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus[d] gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”
What is the correct course for our lives?
How do we know what the right way for our life is to be?
Luke shares this experience where Christ dramatically changes the direction of this mothers life, and brings this young man back from the grave. How many people died during the time of Jesus and we don't have more than a couple examples where Jesus raised people from the dead. What is it that made the death of this young man special? The fact is that we do not fully understand the plan and way of God. Additionally the power that Jesus uses shows his absolute dominance over the limits of this world. The things we see as limitations are completely meaningless to Him. Yet with that said, those who follow Christ are in the same world and exposed to the same limits. Without the power of a supreme God we cannot escape those limits. The faithful are susceptible to human failings. The apostles were killed and died and Christ did not raise them in the mortal way.
It is important to note that this is not referring to resurrection which is an essential gift God gave us through the resurrection of Christ. Resurrection is in the plan for each one of us. Imagine for a moment how wonderful it is to realize that we need not maintain a scarcity mindset regarding life. In other words we don’t have to covet our own time and fear the inevitable loss due to mortality. If we celebrate stories like this how much more powerful is it to consider Christ resurrecting people by the millions or billions. God’s power to undo the limits of our humanity can help us overcome the natural emotions that come from our mortality also. Ultimately it is God who controls this and we can learn to trust Jesus as our true savior both of body and spirit.
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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