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May 28, 2022

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:

Galatians 3:26-29

26 For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise.

26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.


This scripture is a continuation of the argument Paul is making that it is only through Jesus that we find salvation. He continues the thought by stating that through faith we are children of God, and as such we are all alike and equal. There is no place in heaven for arbitrary divisions of people. The variety of ways that we, as humans, divide ourselves will melt away in the presence of the Loving God. This includes race, nationality, cliques, congregations.

Pause for a moment and consider how you distinguish your self from others. Do you feel excluded or do you exclude? Do you feel isolated, do you draw near to others. Do you isolate yourself from others due to discomfort or fear. In Christ we are not divided in such ways. Christ seeks to unify us by having us follow in His walk. To do the things he did, to do the things he told us to do, to follow as His sheep and accept Him as our Shepherd and Savior. Through Baptism we put on Christ. It is not saying that realities of our life disappear but it says that God values us and unites us together. As it says in John 17 that we may be one together as Jesus if one with the Father.

What does that mean in your life? Are you missing the blessings of being unified with Jesus? What can you do to actively change that in your heart and behavior? Reflect for a moment what this means.

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?

This week I performed a funeral for a family from Africa. The amount of family that was physically present was not that large but there were many friends who were just as close as family in some ways and their presence and comfort was amazing.

Final Thought:

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