Seeking God

God willeth to be seen and to be sought:

to be abided and to be trusted.

–  Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love 1393

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation, paying attention to the breath
  • Use the quote of Julian of Norwich as a breath prayer.  As you breathe in, say “God willeth.”  As you breathe out, say “to be seen.”  Continue in with “God willeth” and out with “to be sought.”  Continue in with “god willeth” and out with “to be abided.” And lastly breathe in “God willeth,” and breathe out “to be trusted.”
  • As you continue to use this breath prayer in your meditation, notice what image comes to you.  
  • Seek God in this image.
  • What piece(s) of this image show(s) abiding trust?
  • What message does God have for you in this image?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to God for the breath, for the time seeking God in prayer and for any  new insights you have been given.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 2, 2011,  the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19: 1-14
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD
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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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