Journey into Freedom Day 3
Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicate the time of prayer to God and ask God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.
Gift: I ask that I may appreciate God’s good creation.
Setting: Read the Bible passage below using the lectio divina method, let the words and phrases speak.
Psalm 104: 1 & 10-24 NRSVA
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills,
giving drink to every wild animal; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use,
to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart,
oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart.
The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rabbits.
You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.
You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.
The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
When the sun rises, they withdraw and lie down in their dens. People go out to their work and to their labour until the evening.
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.
A Thought for Today: God works and labours on my behalf in all created things. - St Ignatius of Loyola
Every prayer period on this retreat involves a request for a gift or a grace from God. During the retreat the gift or grace is based on what is appropriate given the subject matter of the prayer. For much of the retreat the gift we ask for is to be ever more passionately involved in knowing, loving and following Christ.
Outside retreat time we would want to be aware of our own needs and desires in order to ask God for what we truly desire.