Day 6 and 7, January 12th and 13th
Epiphany of Our Lord
Each week of the 21-Day Prayer Challenge you have the opportunity to practice five different Spiritual Practices as a guided audio meditation from Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday you may want to make-up a practice if you missed one during the week, repeat your favorite exercise from the week, pick a practice from the list below or choose your own spiritual practice. Use this weekend to continue to create your habit of daily prayer by doing a spiritual practice or your choice that opens your heart to the Divine.
Additional Spiritual Practices
Watch Peter Mayer’s “Holy Now”
Let the beauty of the music and the images wash over you as you reflect on all the Holy in your life.
Meditate on Mother Theresa’s Simple Path
In the form of Christian Meditation, slowly and deliberately repeat the following prayer allowing it to permeate your mind, heart and body. After repeating the prayer several times, with intention think about how each of the phrases is experienced in your own life and how one discipline leads into another. You might want to identify opportunities for growth in each area. Once again, repeat the entire prayer several times and end with a period of gratitude and silence.
The fruit of Silence is Prayer.
The fruit of Prayer is Faith.
The fruit of Faith is Love.
The fruit of Love is Service.
The fruit of Service is Peace.
Walk the Labyrinth
Prepare: Close your eyes, breathe, clear your mind, and ask God to enter into this time of prayer with you.
Remember: Before you walk, spend a moment in gratitude. If there is specific event or situation troubling you, bring it to mind and form a healing question if possible.
Release: As you walk, let go of mind chatter. Open your heart and become aware of your breathing. Relax and move at your own pace.
Receive: At the center, pause and stay as long as you like. Listen for the voice of God.
Return: While walking out, reflect on your experience and imagine new beginnings.
Participate in a Service Opportunity
Serve Lunch in the Park with Christ in the City on January 12th, it is always the second Saturday at Lincoln Park (Lincoln and Colfax) at noon (details here: https://christinthecity.co/volunteer/)
You can do anything that reachers out and shows Christ’s love to another. Maybe you help a neighbor or reach out and check in on an old friend.
If you can’t perform service this weekend, commit to something you will do in the coming week or two.
After Your Spiritual Practice
Please take a few moments now and reflect on how this experience has impacted you, below there is a list of reflection questions for you to consider. You are invited to then provide written comments in the Comment section below the Reflection Questions about your experience. Please feel free to share with the group whatever seems relevant to you.
In order to make this a rich aspect of the Challenge, please be sure to log in and leave a comment, even if it is just a brief one. You are also encouraged to provide positive, reinforcing feedback on each other’s comments. We look forward to learning from each other and lifting each other up as we work to enhance our spiritual lives with this intentional time of prayer and reflection.
How do you feel about the prayer experience today? How did it open your heart to God?
What is God calling you to do today or this week?
Did you find anything particularly challenging about the experience?