Summer Sabbath Practices – 8.2.2018
BREATH PRAYER: FATHER, transform my heart in this ordinary time.
My blessing is on those people who trust in me, who put their confidence in me. They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water. It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit.
- In a journal, note the day, time, and place you’re sitting.
- Open with silence. Set a timer for 1, 3, or 5 minutes so you can be free to rest and breathe deeply.
- Complete the following sentence in your journal: Today, I feel ________________.
- Read the centering verse above slowly (aloud or silently).
- Pause for a few moments of silence, then pray this week’s breath prayer.
We’re reviewing this week a day early so that we can spend time tomorrow reflecting on the whole of Summer Sabbath. Spend a few moments now inviting God to be with you as you remember what He has shown you in the past few days.
Open your journal and read what you have written this week. Write a brief summary of what you experienced in your spiritual practices: common themes, significant insights, ways God got your attention.
This week, our prayer was that the Father would transform our hearts. As you reflect, do you see any instances of Him doing this? Do you sense that He has asked you to do anything specific? Write down what comes to mind, and thank God for giving You this grace.
Look at your calendar for the upcoming week. Notice what you are excited about, as well as anything that makes you anxious or that you dread. Offer your upcoming week to God, inviting Him to be with you in each event. Welcome His presence and ask Him to help you trust His guidance.
As you close in prayer, thank God for what He has done in you and for you this week.
Closing: Father, transform my heart in this ordinary time.
If you are unsure how to begin listening for God’s voice and leading in your life, listen to this message by Larry Green, given at the Parish. Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com for more information or help with these practices.