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Jun 9, 2024

654 She Is Not Dead But Sleeping, A Guided Christian Meditation on Matthew 9:23-26 with the Recenter With Christ app

The purpose of this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and connect with the true source of peace, Jesus Christ. 
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Cont emplation 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.
Scripture for Meditation

Matthew 9

23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, 24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went out into all that land.

23 When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, ‘Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 And the report of this spread throughout that district.

Meditation on Scripture:

In our physical world, we tend to accept the reality with which we are offered. Even as we come to faith we battle with the physicality of the seemingly permanent realities before us. For example here Jesus says this girl is sleeping. He used the same language for Lazarus who was dead for four days before being raised. Jesus had a view of reality that was more real than the seemingly permanent effect of death. For him the effects of death were as temporary as sleep. The onlookers, the death mourners and the mourning musicians laughed him to scorn. 

Jesus knows the temporary nature of your struggles. As we come to see this world in the way God does, we can overcome the things in life that we may catastrophize. When tragedy strikes it can be easy for us to be overwhelmed but as we look to God and try and see the world in his way perhaps we can gain a little bit more of that perspective. Dont worry she is only asleep. The invitation to each of us is, trust God and He will care for our needs. Pour your heart out to him and trust him. 

Without a Godly view this was a preposterous, thoughtless thing to say. With a Godly view it was an invitation to hope. We are given the choice to view the world with a Godly view or a worldly one. Which view do we choose? 

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: If you consider the invitation and command to persevere in the faith, what change in your life does that bring to your mind? 


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