As you inhale, breathe in God’s love for you...as you exhale, breathe out anything you want to share with God, or let go of, and hand over to God
- Let’s use your breathing as a way to enter into stillness today. Begin by noticing your breath, the sound of it, and the rhythm. No need to change the rate.
- Notice the air as it enters your body, fills your lungs, sustains your life, and then departs.
- As you inhale, breathe in God’s love for you...as you exhale, breathe out anything you want to share with God, or let go of, and hand over to God...take three deeper breaths doing this...
Are you able to face an arena of suffering humanity today? It might be your own pain, or the suffering of others...where is God in it?
- The reality of suffering is always a problem for any religion. Of course we would like God to put an end to suffering, but at what cost? Would it not mean the end of creation as we know it? The termination of the human project. It would have been easier surely to have never begun the enterprise. Creation was always going to invite suffering. The creation of intelligent beings would also mean the reality of evil. If God was determined to breathe life into the beings he had made, it was asking for trouble. There could be no other way. However, if God entered into the Creation and became human too that might make a difference. Then, at least we would not be alone. Perhaps that would even be enough, or a help anyway. Suffering and evil would still exist, but God would be with us. God with us. Emmanuel.
- Are you able to face an arena of suffering humanity today? It might be your own pain, or the suffering of others...where is God in it? Where does God want to be?
- RS Thomas imagines the moment that the Trinity plans the incarnation in his poem called: The Coming.
And God held in his hand,
A small globe. Look he said.
The son looked. Far off,
As through water, he saw
A scorched land of fierce Colour.
The light burned there;
crusted buildings cast their shadows:
a bright serpent, A river
Uncoiled itself, radiant with slime.
On a bare hill a bare tree saddened the sky.
Many people held out their thin arms
To it, as though waiting
For a vanished April
To return to its crossed
Boughs. The son watched
Them. Let me go there, he said.
Talk to God
O Emmanuel. God with us. What do you want to say to this Jesus?
- Can you imagine this scene? Humanity in desolation and the Trinity looking on. Jesus asking to be sent to earth in spite of what it would mean. Watch him turn to the Father and make his request: “Let me go there”.
- O Emmanuel. God with us. What do you want to say to this Jesus?
Lord and Ruler,
Root of Jesse,
Key of David,
King of the Nations,
Emmanuel, Come Lord Jesus.