In the Silence…

Contemplative Thoughts

garden tomb

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“After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body. Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.” ~ JN18:1-19:42 

In the silence, in the tomb with Jesus…

washed

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“So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, Jesus said to them, ‘Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.’” ~ JN13:1-15 

In the silence, follow the master…

stirring

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“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.” ~ IS50  My work in Spiritual Direction is mostly prayer and listening.  Before I speak, I ask the Holy Spirit to direct my words, and the one listening to be open for the Spirit’s guidance.  Often, I can see visible evidence of a shift in the person receiving. 

In the silence, speak to the weary a word that will rouse them…

accept

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“Simon Peter said to him, ‘Master, where are you going?’”~ JN13  It may seem odd that right when Jesus was ready to complete his mission, those very close to him didn’t even get it.  How have you been like Simon Peter in misunderstanding the Lord?  Ask for clarity from the Lord, and learn to accept things that you don’t fully understand. 

In the silence, going with Jesus…

listing

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“I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord.” ~ PS27  Do you notice the bounty in all that the Lord has provided for you?  This week, keep a list of every little thing you are grateful for in your life right now. 

In the silence, grateful for the blessings I have received….

belief

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“Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.  Many came to him and said, ‘John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.’ And many there began to believe in him.” ~ JN10:31-42   Do you have faith in Jesus?  How have you come to believe in him? 

In the silence, just believe…

covenant

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“The Lord remembers his covenant for ever” ~ PS105  A covenant is an agreement,  pledge, contract, and promise.  I imagine there are times when you forget God’s promises.  Especially when things get tough, take time to recall all the ways God has lead you up until now.  What were your touchstone moments with God? 

In the silence, you can count on God…

praiseworthy

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“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; and blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages. Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim; praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever.” ~ DN3 

In the silence, praise God…

still

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“Be still and know that I am God” ~ PS46  I used this Scripture passage for a recent retreat reflection.  It is short and sweet, and says so much.  Today, take a little time to reflect on this passage.  Can you be still? 

In the silence, be with God…

quieted

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“Beside restful waters the Lord leads me; the Lord refreshes my soul” ~ PS23  Lent is such a busy season for most Ministers.  I have learned to limit my time doing retreat work during Lent, even though it is the most likely time to draw a big crowd.  Setting boundaries, and making your own time for prayer, quiet, and reflection is essential to living a balanced life.  What would help you focus on your relationship with God? 

In the silence, the Lord refreshes my soul…