Continuing our three-part reflection on prayer from fourteenth century mystic, Julian of Norwich, this week on Thankfulness from the Heart. Mindful that prayer and the contemplative tradition of meditation are synonymous…let us consider these words in our meditation…
- It pleases God that by the help of his grace we should work away at our praying and our living…thankfulness and prayer belong together. Thanksgiving is the deep inward certainty, which moves us with reverent and loving fear to turn with all our strength to the work to which God stirs us…from the depths of our hearts. The simple enjoyment of our Lord is in itself a most blessed form of thanksgiving. This is so in his sight.
- As we hear in Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
As you begin to relax now in body and mind, slow your breathing, and enter your meditation, centering your prayer, allow yourself to be open to the transcending power of God’s peace, through thanksgiving.
Love and every blessing.
Daily Readings with Julian of Norwich, Vol. 1, p 35.
We will be with you in prayer this afternoon at 1pm
We are using this app to assist. https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/centering-prayer-mobile-app
Remember to watch an introduction to Centering Prayer Meditation with Kathryn. You can see it here
Let us know how you are finding this time – we always like to hear from you😊
Peace and health at this time
Irene & Damien