Lectio Divina: Isaiah 46:3,4

Opening Prayer
Oh Holy One,
We come as we are in so many different ways.
How grateful we are that you welcome us completely,
however we come.
Quiet our hearts before you now.
Meet us in the stillness
And awaken us to your care for us.

Lectio Divina or Divine Reading
Read this scripture through a few times.
The first time you read it simply take in the words.
The second time, notice to what word or phrase your heart is drawn.
Prayerfully sit with it.
The third time you read it offer the prayer of your heart to God.
The last time you read it, simply rest in God.

Scripture Reading Isaiah 46:3,4
Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from your birth,
carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.

Closing Prayer
Compassionate One, in the midst of this pandemic,
When the days linger on, and uncertainty has become the norm,
Our awareness of your presence ebbs and flows,
And yet we know you will not leave us.
We lean on your promises, on your faithfulness
which are new every morning.
How we long for these words of scripture,
to enter us deeply.
We ache for the awareness of your love and presence
which gave birth to us,
Your arms which hold and carry us
Your heart which watches over us.
O God to whom we belong, we entrust ourselves to you this day, relying on you to meet us where we are, and to carry us when we are too weary to stand.
We lean our heads against your heart,
drawing in strength from your loving embrace.
May it fill us with your peace and anchor us in you.
We love you God.
Thank you for reminding us yet again
of the way in which you love and carry us.
Amen.

Copyright 2020 Rev. Eva Sullivan-Knoff

Raise Me Up by Josh Grobin

A Guided Meditation of St. Ignatian Imaginative Prayer

May the gift of your imagination present new ways of experiencing the love of God in this time, on Good Friday, and every time.

Created by Jess Hansen, Journey Center of Chicago intern.

 

Welcoming Prayer – A Guided Meditation During COVID-19

Dear friends,

Here is a guided meditation of Welcoming Prayer is for anyone needing or desiring a meditation or prayer practice to help become more aware of your inner world and find a way to welcome and accept what is in the present time. Grace, peace, and love to all.

This guided prayer was created by Journey Center of Chicago’s intern, Jess Hansen.

 

Lectio Divina

Please join Eva in this video for a prayer and meditation spiritual practice known as Lectio Divina.

Psalm 63

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

1 You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.

9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

Sometimes Lord

Sometimes Lord,
it is hard to find the words.
Sometimes, just one word expresses it well.
So we pray help.
Help all those who are grieving.
Help all those who are sick and/or who have been exposed.
Help the frontline workers.
Help all those whose livelihoods have been affected.
Help the most vulnerable.
Help our families.
Help the world.
Help us because we are tired and afraid.
Remind us that you are with us
in the midst of this.
We give you thanks for that.
So please cover us with your peace this day,
may we rest underneath the shadow of your wings.
Amen.

Prayer for These Times

Holy One, the days of the virus linger on.
For God alone my soul waits in silence.
The news updates roll in like wave after wave,
bringing more stories, more pain, more fear.
For God alone my soul waits in silence.
The ache of separateness from loved ones
is sometimes hard to bear.
For God alone my soul waits in silence.
Cloistered in quietude, may deep speak to deep.
May I make my home within my heart where you meet me.
For God alone my soul waits in silence.
Expand my soul space, deepen my awareness of you
Help me to be still, that you may do an enlivening and healing work in me.
For God alone my soul waits in silence.
That I may emerge from this secluded space deeper, stronger, more whole.
For God alone my soul waits in silence.
My soul waits in you.
Amen.

Rev. Eva Sullivan-Knoff

Prayer During These Stressful Times

We remember each person and family who has been directly affected by the Coronavirus. We light a candle and offer a prayer for healing for each one far and wide. We invite you to light a candle from ours and light another’s candle, for as we light each other’s candles, the light expands, warms, heals, and encourages.

Pray with us.

Gracious God,
We turn to you in these very uncertain times and we implore you for your help.
Breathe peace into our tired and fearful beings.
Breathe strength and protection into each front line health care worker as they put themselves on the line everyday.
Bless and protect those who deliver medicine and food and help as we seek to care for one another.
Comfort those who are shut in, isolated from everyone. May they feel your love and support deeply.
Compassionate God, we plead for healing for all those who have been affected. Breathe your healing into each one and may all toxins and sickness leave them and dissipate.
Please stop the spread of this terrible disease. Please heal and restore our global neighborhood, each country, each person who needs your healing touch, please grant it Lord.
Grant us all wisdom and discernment, especially those on the front lines.
Grant help and resources for those struggling for their livelihoods because of this virus.
Lord, please grant us all wisdom.
Move us all to work with you, to heal, to provide, and to protect.
Grant your peace to each and every person and may it permeate our beings.
Thank you Lord for hearing us, for walking with us.
We need you Lord.
Amen.