Meditative – In Christ

“The harmonious working of all the faculties and affections—of will, heart, imagination, conscience—because each has found in God the ideal sphere for its satisfaction and development.” – J. Patrick

Words – Thoughts – And Nurturing Our Souls

The sayings of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart
Are powerful
Leading either to separation or unity, to fear or to love, to lies or to truth, to death or to life.

When the sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart are grounded upon and flow from God’s living Word, they are infused with the healing and life-changing power of Love and Grace and Fellowship.

This meditation is about the path to life. Abundant Life. Learning to see, know, trust, rest in the source of our life moment by moment is a key component in our journey in recovering spiritual truth, and rediscovering who we really are. It is taken from the Study Blog titled In Christ if you’d like to check out the Scripture texts that it’s based on.

My prayer for you is that you will encounter the breath of the Almighty as you experience and contemplate this meditation and that your weary soul will be satisfied, and your languishing soul will be replenished.

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. Job 32:8 (ESV)

Do you regularly focus on your soul’s condition and needs as you do your body’s condition and needs? Have you found a practice or discipline that feeds and enables all your faculties and affections – will, heart, imagination, conscience – to flow harmoniously as each find in God, I AM, the perfect influence for their reparation and development?

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.

How is it that you fail to understand?
Is your heart hardened,
Hurtful in effect or influence,
Demanding recognition for yourself, insisting upon your rights,
Seeking your own advantage
Even at the expense of others?

Eye.
See.
A watcher.
Guardian.
Opening the eyes.
To wake up.
Raise up.
To make naked.
To expose.
To disclose.
The heart.

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.

A watcher
A holy one
Came down from heaven.
Judgment.
The character of God
Abundant rightness, strict honesty, virtue.
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

Eye.
See.

Judgment.
Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
A standing,
A condition of mind, heart, body and spirit
Will, heart, imagination, conscience
Originating from God.
“Of God.”
This one hears and conforms to the words of God
As God shows himself.

Eye.
See.

A watcher
A holy one
The sentence
Is by the decree of the watchers
The decision
By the word of the holy ones
For the purpose
That the living may know
Know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men.

Eye.
See.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

Be still
Open heart
Open mind
Open body
Open spirit
Prepare
Wait
Anticipate
Look
Listen
Tarry
Patient, confident expectation

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

My eye.
Surface. Outer face. Exterior. Superficial. Outward aspect of a person or thing. Appearance.
My eye.
My weakness. My hurt.
My eye.
Seeing intellectually. Seeking an evaluation or proof of faithfulness. Gaining or seeking a judgment.
My eye.
A thing or matter hidden from my knowledge. To come or arise as from some source; to grow or develop.
My eye.
Lifting up my eyes, expressing desire, longing, devotion. Identification with Christ; new beginning.

The condition of the eye determines the condition of the whole body.

Healthy Eye:
Single, union, whole, complete. Harmony. The whole body is full of light.
Something hidden, beauty, source. To come or arise as from some source; to grow or develop.
The Word of God; Truth; Identification with Christ; new beginning.

Eye.
See.

Vexation
Grief
Trouble
Anger
Provocation
Sorrow
Depression
Misery
Affliction

Be gracious to me, O Lord
For I am in distress
My eye is failing from grief
My soul and body are also failing from grief
My eye grows dim through sorrow
Every day I call upon you, O Lord.

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
To come or arise as from some source; to grow or develop.
The Word of God; Truth; Identification with Christ; new beginning.
We have all received grace upon grace.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

How is it that you fail to understand?
Is your heart hardened,
Hurtful in effect or influence,
Demanding recognition for yourself, insisting upon your rights,
Seeking your own advantage
Even at the expense of others?

Bad Eye:
Surface. Outer face. Exterior. Superficial.
My weakness. My hurt. Hurtful in effect or influence. The whole body is full of darkness.
Stubborn heart
Following your own counsels, opinions, deliberations, and purposes
Unwilling to consent to the Lord God’s counsels
Unable to be reasoned with

The condition of the eye determines the condition of the whole body.

What colors everything that you see, remember, understand, perceive?
What ferments within you, spreading and causing gradual change?
Healthy eye?
Bad eye?

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
To come or arise as from some source; to grow or develop.
The Word of God; Truth; Identification with Christ; new beginning.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

The remedy for failing eyes:
The Lord God says
Keep my teaching as the apple of your eye
Guard my teaching
Protect my teaching
Attend to my teaching.
Beware the teachings of religious leaders
Beware the teachings of political leaders
Beware your own opinions, deliberations, and purposes
Keep my teaching as the apple of your eye.

My teaching.
Law.
Grace and truth.
Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye.
My teaching.
Law.
Grace and truth.
The Word.
Became flesh.
Law.
Grace and truth.
The Word
Not just words written on stone tablets,
Not just words written on skins and parchment,
Not just words written in a book,
The Word became flesh
And dwelt among us.
He has made God known.
We have all received grace upon grace.

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
To come or arise as from some source; to grow or develop.
The Word of God; Truth; Identification with Christ; new beginning.

Do you know God?

The Word.
Became flesh.
The Word was in the world
The world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
God’s wisdom ordained that the world
Using its own wisdom
Would not come to know him.

Eye.
See.
Something hidden, beauty, source.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

You, Lord God, save; you free, you relieve a humble people.
It is you who light my lamp.
The Lord my God lightens my darkness.
The light shines in the darkness.
The darkness has not overcome it,
The darkness has not comprehended it,
The darkness has not suppressed it.
The light shines in the darkness.

Eye.
See.
Do you see the light?
Do you know through experience that it is the Lord God who lightens your darkness?

You, Lord God, save; you free, you relieve a humble people.
A people who do not ask for signs,
A people who do not try to find wisdom,
A people who trust in the nonsense of God,
A people who trust in a Messiah executed on a stake as a criminal,
A people who trust this Messiah
This Messiah – God’s power
This Messiah – God’s wisdom
This Messiah
Executed
Put to death
To create
New beginning
To grow and develop
To complete

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
To come or arise as from some source; to grow or develop.
The Word of God; Truth; Identification with Christ; new beginning.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

Seeing is the fruit of trusting.
The Word.
Became flesh.
The Word was in the world
Light
I [Jesus] have come into the world as light
To shine
To show
To make known God’s thoughts
That all may see
That all may look closely at
With earnest, continued inspection
To gaze with wide open eyes as at something remarkable
To discern clearly physically, mentally
To experience
To attend to
To acknowledge
To recognize Christ to be who he really is
The Messiah – God’s power
The Messiah – God’s wisdom
The Messiah
Executed
Put to death
To create
New beginning
To grow and develop
To complete

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
And so, do not abide
Do not stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy
Do not continue, remain, tarry, be present
In darkness.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

Eye.
See.
Something hidden, beauty, source.

Look closely
With earnest, continued inspection
With wide open eyes as at something remarkable
Inward.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
Relying by inward certainty
In a Messiah executed on a stake as a criminal,
Executed
Put to death
To create
New beginning
To grow and develop
To complete.
Lift up your eyes, expressing desire, longing, devotion; to identify with Christ
The Messiah – God’s power
The Messiah – God’s wisdom
Who spreads through us, influencing us, working in us to bring about gradual change,
Tempering clay by moistening and kneading
Grace weaving its power and wisdom into the fabric of our being
Because our Messiah has the infinite resources of God at His command.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

The Lord God has delivered us from the domain of darkness
A state of separateness, not knowing, not considering, not discerning,
Following the counsel of our own stubborn heart, carrying out the desires of our body and mind
Eye darkened, blinded, unable to see the light.

The Lord God has transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son
In his beloved Son
We are set free from darkness
In his beloved Son
We abide in a place, state, relation, expectancy
Present
In light.
We have all received grace upon grace.
Entrust your well-being to the Lord God and his beloved Son
Entrust your well-being to their actions and purpose

The Lord God is the source of our life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord God made Christ Jesus
Your wisdom, my wisdom, our wisdom
The Lord God made Christ Jesus
Your righteousness, my righteousness, our righteousness
The Lord God made Christ Jesus
Your sanctification, my sanctification, our sanctification
The Lord God made Christ Jesus
Your redemption, my redemption, our redemption.
We have all received grace upon grace.

Eye.
See.
Remember.
Understand.
Perceive.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
Know thoroughly

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Opening the eyes.
To wake up.

Rest.
Not from work but in work
Rest in Christ’s work.
Grace. Truth.
Leavening. Tempering.
Spreading through you, influencing you, working in you to bring about gradual change
Grace
Gift
Favor
Goodwill
Pleasure
Joy
Benefit
Free and universal
Spontaneous
God’s redemptive mercy
Divine influence upon the heart
Its reflection in the life
In ways of acting, speaking, thinking
Beauty
Gratitude
Rejoice
We have all received grace upon grace

Will, heart, body, mind.
Rest.
Not the rest of inactivity
But the rest of the harmonious working of all your abilities, powers, privileges, and affections –
Will, heart, imagination, conscience –
Because each has found in God
The ideal place of existence, knowledge, experience, and influence
For its satisfaction and development
Each coming into being, growing, evolving, fuller, better, disclosed, made known.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Opening the eyes.
To wake up.

Eye.
See.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
Know thoroughly

Grace and Truth
Worked
Woven into
Closely blended
With your hurts, your weaknesses, your darkness
Grace and Truth
Worked
Woven into
Closely blended
Into a fabric
The soul
The body
The mind
The emotions
The will
To bring into harmony
To make content
To consent
To defer to Christ’s judgment.
Transformed into light and life eternal.

Eye.
See.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
Know thoroughly
Trust fully
We have all received grace upon grace.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Opening the eyes.
To wake up.

Accept God’s dealings without disputing, contending or resisting him or his dealings with you
Defer to his judgment
Trust him
To develop in you a condition of mind and heart
That is not occupied with self at all.
Trust Christ Jesus, The Messiah,
Having the infinite resources of God available at his command
To fulfill the purpose of God that he has entrusted to Christ regarding you.
In God. The source
In Christ. Purpose. Result.

Eye.
See.
Something hidden, beauty, source.
Know thoroughly
Trust completely
We have all received grace upon grace.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Wake up!

And rest.
Not from work but in work
In Christ’s work.
To come into being, woven together into one glorious body, you, me, us, in Christ, in God
A whole body
With a healthy eye
Full of light.

Be still
Open heart
Open mind
Open body
Open spirit
Wait
Prepare
Anticipate
Look
Listen
Tarry
Patient, confident expectation

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Lie outstretched. Place yourself in a passive posture.
Focus intently on your breath to the exclusion of all else.
For it is the spirit in you,
The breath of the Almighty,
That makes you understand.
Spirit can be known only by spirit
God’s Spirit and your spirit in open communion.

“Be still and know that I AM God.”
Consciousness. Awareness.
Awake!

Join in the prayer of the humble
Those who trust and accept God and his dealings without disputing, contending or resisting
Join in the prayer of those whom the Lord God has set free
New beginning
To grow and develop
To complete
Delivered from the domain of darkness
Transferred to the kingdom of his beloved Son
God’s power
God’s wisdom

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
Because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval, and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person, or myself.
I open
I open to the love and presence of God
I open to God’s action within.
Amen.1

Stay in this position of openness to the love and presence of God and God’s action within you continually.

In meekness, powerful through the infinite resources of God present and at work in you, forming and transforming you, go and love as you are loved.

Live as you really are, as the breath of the Almighty in you nurtures and matures the simplicity and singleness of devotion to the Lord God that is in Christ Jesus. Live in wholehearted devotion to the Lord God, through the breath of the Almighty in you, today and every day. Awaken to life through God-centered consciousness, your eyes ever toward the Lord God, your Helper. You, I, we have all received grace upon grace.

2 Tim 4:22 – The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. (ESV)

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1From just this by Richard Rohr, CAC Publishing, PO Box 12464, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87195, Copyright 2017 by Richard Rohr: Spiritual teacher Mary Mrozowski composed and first taught what is now called the Welcoming Prayer, which many have found to be lifechanging. Page 117.

1 thought on “Meditative – In Christ

  1. “Let us sit still and keep our attention fixed within ourselves, so that we advance in holiness and resist vice more strongly. Awakened in this way to spiritual knowledge, we shall acquire contemplative insight into many things; and ascending still higher, we shall receive a clearer vision of the light of our Savior.” – Evagrios the Solitary – 345AD – Texts on Discrimination in Respect of Passions and Thoughts.

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