Psalm 139:1-5, 13-15-8

Read:

Psalm 139:1-5, 13-18 (aligned with Year B Epiphany 2)1-6
God, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!

Reflect:

This psalm opens up an opportunity for us to be present in our bodies, as vulnerable, known humans, held in the gaze of God. Make some space this week to sit and pay attention to your body, and to the experience that intimacy of allowing yourself to be seen by God.

Meditate:
(use this body meditation if it is helpful)

God, I am here, present, willing, open.
I am held in your sight.
(bring your attention to your breath. Be mindful of the way that it inflates your lungs and makes your belly move. )
God, I am here, present, willing, open.
I am held in your sight.
(bring your attention to your shoulders and neck. Choose to relax the muscles, allow your shoulders to drop.)
God, I am here, present, willing, open.
I am held in your sight.
(bring your attention to your spirit. Notice if it feels heavy, and give yourself permission to release that heaviness.)
God, I am here, present, willing, open.
I am held in your sight.
(bring your attention back to your breath. Be mindful of the way your body is relaxing into your chair. Bring your attention to the gaze of God. Notice the softness of God’s gaze. Feel the warmth and acceptance.)
God, I am here, present, willing, open.
I am held in your sight.
Amen.

Respond:

How could you use a body meditation like this in your faith community to open space for an intergenerational opportunity to experience the love of God? How would that work?What might it look like? How might it be difficult?Comment below and let’s have a conversation about it!

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