Lent Retreat: 2018

from the ISC: Glasgow

 Scripture for Prayer

Day 31 - Friday 16th 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.

John 7:25-30 (NRSVA)

Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.’

Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’ Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31

Yet many in the crowd believed in him and were saying, ‘When the Messiah comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?’

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

Unless a grain of wheat

Dreams in daytime weariness
Are menacing my heart.
Enmeshing me in memory
Tearing me apart.
Insisting that I listen
And let the grieving start.

Come and let the rains fall
Softening up the earth.
Come and let the frost bring
Truth to a new birth.
Come and let the healing
Heal and bring new mirth.

So the Voice is whispering
Peace is born of pain.
So the Presence teaches me
Nothing dies in vain.
Tears are for the sowing
Bread of Life from grain.

Madeleine Gorham

 Review of Prayer

 Suggestions for Prayer

Take time to pray with today's scripture you could use imaginative contemplation.
For the poem you might try Lectio Divina.

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