Journey into Freedom Day 2

Lava on a volcano

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask for the grace to appreciate God’s good creation.

Setting: Read the Bible passage below and imagine God creating the earth.

Genesis 1:1-5 & 26-31 NRSVA

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.....

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Lava on a volcano

Conversation: Imagine you are talking to the Creator, what do you want to say? How might the Creator reply?

Final prayer: Finish with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today

God dwells in me, bringing me into being, giving me life, feeling and understanding.  - St Ignatius of Loyola

Deepening the Prayer—Repetition

In the full Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola each piece of Scripture is used for prayer at least twice and often up to four times. The idea is that when praying the second or third time with a piece of Scripture you simplify and deepen the prayer. This is done by focussing on what struck you most, what moved you the first time you prayed over the particular selection of Scripture.

The final time of prayer is often just being there. Particularly when you are praying with a Bible story, you just imagine yourself in the scene, you watch, hear, touch, taste, smell; just be there with your five senses.