Meditation : John 14:27

PEACE I leave with you, My peace I give to you;

not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your heart be troubled,

neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27

 

Meditation : Praise to The Shaper Of Hearts

Praise to the One whose love

Stirs the ancient embers

Sparks the breath of prayer

Praise to the One whose love

Entices the wandering

Beckons the confused

Praise to the One whose love

Grows wings on the weary

Dreams hope in the discouraged

Praise to the One whose love

Dips deeply into diversity

Pours forth boundless beauty

Praise to the One whose love

Soothes with the ointment of mercy

Transforms with the touch of compassion

Praise to the One whose love

Threads the energy of friendship

Stitches the strength of fidelity

Praise to the One whose love

Tickles the soul with laughter

Urges the heart towards joy

Praise to the One whose love

Embraces the untamed

Dances with the passionate

All praise to this Gracious ONE

All gratitude to this Beloved

All love to this Mentor of Friendship

 All devotion to this Shaper of Hearts.

~Joyce Rupp

Meditation : A Nun’s 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my pace-setter, I shall not rush.

He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals:

He provides me with images of stillness,

which restore my serenity.

He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind.

And His guidance is peace.

Even though I have a great many things to

accomplish each day,

I will not fret, for His presence is here.

His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity

By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility.

My cup of joyous energy overflows.

Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours for

I shall walk in the place of my Lord and dwell in His House forever.

~All Saints Convent – Catonsville, Maryland

Meditation : In Difficult Times

 

Consoling God,

be a source of serenity for me

when struggles and difficulties

threaten to overwhelm me.

God of hope,

assure me of Your unconditional love

when I doubt myself

or question the worth of my life.

Truth-bringing God,

encourage me to embrace you

during those times when I get lost

in the lies of my weakness.

Compassionate God,

hold me to Your heart

when I feel helpless

in the face of the world’s pain.

Light-filled God,

keep me ever close to You

during those moments

when bleakness surrounds my life.

Comforting God,

shelter me under Your wings

when I am engulfed in sadness

and overcome with distress.

God of peace,

You are the center of my life,

a strong refuge of peace

in the whirlwind of my pain.

I look to You for strength

and a constant assurance of hope.

~Joyce Rupp

Meditation : Voice In My Silence

I believe that God is in me

As the sun is in the color and fragrance

 Of a flower—-

The Light in my darkness

The Voice in my silence.

~Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Meditation : Love Casts Out Fear

 

Yeah the enemy has to flee

When your love comes over me

In the darkest of night you come with the light

And restore my identity

You break every lie I believe

Now the truth is all I see

Not a pauper but a prince

Not a slave but a friend indeed

And your love casts out all my fear

And your love casts out all my fear

And I won’t be afraid–No no no

No I won’t be afraid

And your love casts out all my fear

And your love casts out all my fear

And I won’t be afraid–No no no

No I won’t be afraid

Yeah the enemy has to flee

When your love comes over me

In the darkest of night you come with the light

And restore my idenity

You break every lie I believe

Now the truth is all I see

Not a pauper but a prince

Not a slave but a friend indeed

And your love casts out all my fear

And your love casts out all my fear

And I won’t be afraid   -No no no

No I won’t be afraid

And your love casts out all my fear

And your love casts out all my fear

And I won’t be afraid—No no no

No I won’t be afraid

We’re gonna dance dance dance til the joy comes

We’re gonna dance dance dance til the joy comes

We’re gonna thank you Lord for all you’ve done

We’re gonna thank you Lord

Meditation : Come To The Edge

 

Come to the edge.”

“We can’t. We’re afraid.”

“Come to the edge.”

“We can’t. We will fall!”

“Come to the edge.”

 And they came.

 And he pushed them.

 And they flew. 

~Guillaume Apollinaire

1880-1918

Meditation : The Saints Of God

I sing a song of the saints of God,

patient and brave and true,

who toiled and fought and lived and died

for the Lord they loved and knew.

And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,

and one was a shepherdess on the green;

they were all of them saints of God, and I mean,

God helping, to be one too.

They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,

and his love made them strong;

and they followed the right for Jesus’ sake

the whole of their good lives long.

And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,

and one was slain by a fierce wild beast;

and there’s not any reason, no, not the least,

why I shouldn’t be one too.

They lived not only in ages past;

there are hundreds of thousands still.

The world is bright with the joyous saints

who love to do Jesus’ will.

You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store,

in church, by the sea, in the house next door;

they are saints of God, whether rich or poor,

and I mean to be one too.

By Lesbia Scott – (#293 in 1982 Hymnal)

Meditation : Let Your Light Dawn In Our Minds

O God, let fear die and conviction be born in our lives.

Let Your light dawn in our minds as the day dawns on the earth.

Let us not be so busy hurrying into the future

and worrying about the past that we lose today—

the only one we have.

God, help us to do what we know we have to do today

And leave tomorrow to You.

~Marian Wright Edelman

Meditation : Focusing On A Different Perfect

 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

In this day and age, the pressure to achieve perfection can be oppressive. We battle with expectations – often self-imposed – of how we feel we “should” live our lives. We bombard ourselves with these: We need to be better wives/husbands/parents/children. We need to excel at work. We need to make perfect, healthy dinners with vegetables and quinoa and other healthy foods we can’t pronounce. We need to make our house nicer, lose 15 pounds, exercise more, get angry less, find more “me” time, and the list goes on.

 

All of this to move us nearer to some type of sought-perfection in our less-than-perfect human existence.

 

Many times the intentions are good and individual goals laudable…but the pressure can be crushing. It is certainly compounded by this world of social media, where we see highlighted the very best versions of ourselves – smiling children, laughter-filled vacations with sunny skies, and filtered and cropped photos that disguise blemishes and embarrassing squishy parts.

 

It can be overwhelming and scary. Because what if we can’t do it? Or what if we can do it, but can’t sustain it? What if we fail? What if we just can’t seem to get “it” right…whatever it is? What if we will never be enough? That kind of pressure can be powerful and paralyzing and demoralizing.

 

What we need is a safe space. What we really, really need is that one place where we are perfect – where we don’t have to fear, because we are perfect

 

And we have it. Through the gift of our Lord Jesus, and our Heavenly Father and the healing breath of the Holy Spirit…We Have It!

 

God has for us a perfect love. He has made each of us intentionally us. We are formed in the image of God, and He loves us fully and completely. There is nothing to fear. When we open our hearts to this perfect love of our Lord God, our fears of failure and “less-than” and “not worthiness” just…fall away. They are gone. Meaningless. Irrelevant.

 

There are so many gifts we receive from our faith. And this scripture reminds us of a powerful one: Forget the pressures of who or what we are “supposed to be.” Instead, bask in God’s perfect love. Here’s the incredible thing: We will receive exactly what we need from this perfect love. It will fill us, lift us, carry us, and sustain us. I don’t really know how dating sites work, but I think I can make an educated guess. And if this were a dating site, God’s perfect love would be a complete match. If it were Amazon, it would have five gold stars – and, even better, the delivery is faster than next day! In fact, we can actually access this perfect love right now.

 

Let’s do it! Join me in basking in God’s perfect love. Cast out the fear, and worry, and feelings of insecurity, and pressure to be something different. Look it straight on and say, “Get out!” There’s no room for it if we are going to let in the perfect love. There is no room for both. So, which one would you rather have?

 

Forget trying to be “perfect” in our human world. Instead, this Lenten season and beyond, let’s focus on a different perfect. Let’s focus on the perfect love our Lord has for us. Let us be thankful for this perfect love. Because we are enough. We are loved beyond love. We are perfect.