Lent Retreat: 2018

from the ISC: Glasgow

 Scripture for Prayer

Day 20 - Monday 5th of March

Stilling: Take a few minutes to become still.

God is Present: God is with you. Ask God to inspire your imagination.

Ask for what you desire. What gift, what grace do you want right now?

Read the passage through.

Identify with a character: Choose one of the people in the story and imagine the scene from their point of view.

Set the Scene: Fill in the details which the scripture leaves out to make the story real for you. Imagine the scenery, the weather, the people. Be aware of how you feel; your emotional state.

Mark 10:13-16 (NRSVA)

People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Conversation: When you come towards the end of your time of prayer, talk to Jesus about what has come up for you.
Imagine how he might reply.

A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father

 Today's Meditation

The Joys and Consolations of Life

Stilling: Begin by stilling and asking God to come with you and look back over your life.

Grace: Ask God to show you your your times of deepest joy.

Memory: Become aware of the times you were happiest - deep-down contented and feeling you were doing something worthwhile. (Consoled)
Honesty is important - not just the times that you see as edifying and you would want share with others, but all the joyful times.

Relive: Enjoy these times again; spend a little time reliving them.

Gratitude: Finish your prayer with a suitable thanksgiving.
  1. Who did you share them with? What were you doing?
  2. What brought you joy at these times?
  3. What pattern do you see in these times?
  4. What lessons can they teach you?.
  5. What could you share with others about them?

 Review of Prayer

 Suggestions for Prayer

Take time to pray with today's scripture you could use imaginative contemplation or Lectio Divina, or you might like to try the meditation on 'Today's Meditation'.

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