God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Centering Prayer, Thy Will Be Done

Lent with the Lord's Prayer

Thy will be done. Matthew 6:10
As you prayer today this prayer, thy will be done. Practice what is called centering prayer. Find a comfortable spot. Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Listen to your breath flow in and out. On your breath say: thy will be done. Allow your attention to rest on this phrase: thy will be done. Quietly rest in this phrase:  thy will be done. Let this phrase turn gently in your mind, thy will be done. As the thoughts of the day intrude: just breathe in: thy will be done. When your attention wanders, gently bring your attention back to your phrase, thy will be done. Let the words, thy will be done, breathe with you breath. Feel their rhythm. Thy will be done. Finally, your mind will stop and you will rest in the silence of God.

You can practice centering prayer while sitting quietly in your room, under your favorite tree, beside the water or you can practice centering prayer while you walking or driving your car.

End your practice by saying the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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