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Mar 23, 2021

318 Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You, A Guided Christian Meditation on Jeremiah 1:4-8 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 contacting God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.

Bible verses for Meditation:

Ecclesiastes 4
4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7 But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
says the Lord.”

Meditation on Scripture:

The account of the calling of Jeremiah teaches valuable lessons. God is aware of his children. Whether it is Jeremiah or each one of us. There are many times in our lives when we may feel that the world is chaos. We may see no purpose in how things progress in our lives, Yet God knows us. He is familiar with our Character, our potential, our strengths, our profound weaknesses. Not only does he know us and he is aware of what we can do, he understands how we can learn and grow with him. When Jeremiah was feeling the natural experience of being overwhelmed before God due to his weakness and ignorance, God encouraged him by saying he will be directed. God has claimed that he will deliver us if we believe and follow Him.

I had an experience of this. I am traveling in another state from my home. I came to visit family and be present for a baptism. While I was here I was made aware that one of the people I work with was involved in a horrible accident and was flown into a hospital not 30 minutes from where I was during the call. It was hundreds of miles way from my home and yet God had me where i needed to be and I was able to provide support.

I cant claim to understand God’s timing in the unfortunate situations in our lives, but I do know that God watches over us. He gives us what we need. He loves us, and expects us to approach Him to be washed from sin, forgiven, and redeemed. He is our redeemer. You may not understand God’s purpose in your life. You may not be able to see the pattern amidst the chaos but I can assure you it is there, but we probably wont understand it until later.

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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Final Question: What ways has God shown you that he knows you?

Final Thought: Foster fondness and build feelings of mutual service.

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