Take and Receive
Read the following prayer slowly—taking time to notice the words and/or phrases you are drawn or resistant toward (you may very well be drawn to and resistant toward the same exact phrase(s)—that was my experience)?
Take Lord and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will—
all that I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours,
do with it what you will.
Give be only your love and your grace.
That will be enough for me. (St Ignatius)
Explore those words and phrases that stirred something within you asking God to help you discover what may be causing the stirring within you.
Additional Questions for Reflection
What is it—liberty, memory, understanding, ENTIRE will, what you have or call your own—that would be most difficult to let go of? Why? What would it look like to give that over to God? What fears or other feelings arise as you consider giving this over to God? Share all this with God.
Do you view all that you have as a gift given to you by God? Why/why not? What do you have that you do not truly see as a gift from God? Why?
Can you in a heartfelt way declare that God’s love and God’s grace is enough for you? Why/why not? What else do you feel you need, must have? Share this with God.
As your work your way through this prayers what are you learning/naming about yourself?
As your work your way through this what are you learning/naming about your view of God and your relationship with God?
Conclude your time
1) in listening prayer. Prayerfully opening your heart and mind to God listening for God’s words, promptings within you then—
2) engaging in conversation with God—sharing your feelings and thoughts and anything else, honestly and openly.
Remember my newest book, Discernment, God’s Will and Living Jesus is now available on Amazon.com as a paperback and ebook. Excellent for small groups. There are free videos and discussion sheets for each chapter on the b website under Christian Discernment.
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