sitting in the presence of God – a guided reflection

Posted by occwebsite
23rd Mar 2022

Welcome to a guided reflection

  • take a moment to breathe in deeply, repeat 2 or 3 times
  • stretch
  • we want to take some time to sit in God’s presence

Opening Prayer

Let’s begin by praying a prayer of Thomas A Kempis

Grant to us, O Lord, to know that which is worth knowing,
to love that which is worth loving,
to praise that which pleases you most,
to esteem that which is most precious to you,
and to dislike whatsoever is evil in your eyes.
Grant us with true judgement to distinguish things that differ,
and above all to search out and to do what is well pleasing to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen to the Text

Listen to the words of Exodus 3:1-5. Click on the link it will start reading the passage. Immerse yourself in the account.

Worship Music

As we get ready to reflect n the text and let God speak into our lives, you may want to start this instrumental worship music.

Reflect on the text

  • Where God might be speaking to you in the midst of your life today?
  • Are you paying attention?
  • Are you discerning what is holy in the midst of the ordinary?
  • What is calling your attention?
  • What is drawing you into the presence of God?
  • Where are you hearing God’s name proclaimed and God’s character revealed?
  • Are we listening to the call of God – or to our own fears?
  • Are we listening to our friends and partners, those who encourage and support us – or are we listening to the naysayers and doubters and all their put-downs?
  • Are we listening to God’s story of everlasting covenant-faithfulness? Or to all the other stories that we tell ourselves or that we hear from the Empire?
  • Sometimes in difficult times we can find ourselves far away, cushioned from hearing the cries of the suffering.
  • But God hears – and calls us to hear as well.
  • Our prayer in these times is that God would extend our listening, that we may hear what God hears.

Closing Prayer: from the book of Common Prayer

O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly:
Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties,
the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do,
that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices,
and that in thy light we may see light,
and in thy straight path may not stumble;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.