‘The Pull Of God’ –
A Lenten reflection series adapted with permission from PrayerBench.ca
Love calls us here on this Lenten journey.
The Unending Love of Jesus calls us here as the journey stretches before us.
Seeing with Christ’s eyes, till we are seeing through the eyes of Love.
Feeling with Christ’s heart, till we are responding to the world with healing Love.
“Life in God should be a daring adventure of love—a continuous journey of putting aside our securities to enter more profoundly into the uncharted depths of God.” – Illia Delio.
This Lent, and especially this Lent in this time of Earth’s struggle, it’s not just about us and our spiritual journey, it is about helping “heal the world and unify it in love.” (Delio)
This is our work, our call, our rallying cry.
We breathe in Love. We breathe out mercy.
Slowly repeat this scripture from Proverbs 3:3
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Practice (breath prayer)
Take a few conscious breaths.
Sitting in a chair, settle, become fully present in your body, and invite your attention to gather in the region of your heart.
As you are able, consciously breath in thinking of the toxicity of a painful situation or disease. Maybe the pain and hurt for the people of Ukraine.
Then on the out-breath, offer a measure of healing and blessing to the world.
Maybe add the words to the breathing: ‘I breathe in the pain of ….., I breathe out God’s healing.’
This isn’t easy and it is not for every time of our life, but it can be a powerful way of praying when we have no words.
Pema Chodron writes: “[Our prayer] reverses the usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure, and in the process, we become liberated from a very ancient prison of selfishness. We begin to feel love both for ourselves and for others, and we begin to take care of ourselves and others. It awakens our compassion, and it also introduces us to a far larger view of reality.”
Practice this breath prayer throughout week, every time you hear the news.
Each Wednesday we send out an inspirational message.