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Spiritual Awareness

MEDITATION:

Written by Tilden H. Edwards, a contemporary Episcopal priest, author, and founder of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. This is an excerpt from his book “Living with Apocalypse.”

Spiritual awareness for Christians, at its fullest, means seeing life through God’s sound eye. We could use other senses to describe this awareness: hearing life through God’s ear, touching life through God’s strength, feeling life through God’s compassion Jesus revealed our incredible intimacy with the infinite one we call God, so we can dare to speak of being God’s senses in the world. Paul called us to live in the mind of Christ so fully that we can say with him, “Not I, but Christ, lives in me.” The “I” that no longer lives then is the one that sees itself as an ultimately self-willed, self-centered being. The new “I”: is one that lives moment by moment in the awareness that we are an intimate and unique expression of God’s joy and compassion, living freely by grace, called to reverberate the joy and compassion, utterly interdependent with Creator and creation. 

PRAYER:

Written by Brigid of Kildare (451-525), one of Ireland’s patron saints, a nun and foundress of several monasteries of nuns.

I arise today

Through a mighty strength:

God’s power to guide me,

God’s might to uphold me,

God’s eyes to watch over me;

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to give me speech,

God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me,

God’s shield to shelter me,

God’s host to secure me. Amen.

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