Jun12TueJune 12, 2018 Pastor Eric Groot-Nibbelink
Here are some suggested exercises for this week (based on suggestions of A. Ahlberg Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook).
1. Meditation on Scripture, the Bible. Take time to meditate on Scripture. Choose a quiet and comfortable place. Do not rush.
Stretch, arrange your chair, etc. Place yourself in God’s presence. Release worries and to-do lists. Open your heart. Then read a
passage. If you lose focus, be patient and come back to it.
Suggestions for reading may include Psalm 139, Psalm 86, Psalm 42. As you read, see what words or phrases or ideas “light up” for
you. Take time to reflect, feel and understand those special lights. Why might they be speaking to you? Try to absorb and let the
words sink in.
2. Meditation on God’s Creation: Take a walk in nature, meditating on the handiwork of God. Again, don’t rush. Try to focus and be
at peace. Know that God is with you. Go slowly enough to notice the detail of God’s work in creation. Later, read a psalm or other
Scripture passage that highlights God’s power, love and genius in creation. “Consider the birds of the air …”
3. Meditate on God’s Work in Human Life: Take unhurried time and use a suitable physical space. Again this exercise can be
informed by a Bible reading before or after. Meditate on how God has worked in the lives of individuals through the ages. How is or
has he worked in the lives of those close to you? In your life? In current events? Listen to what this kind of meditation guided by
God’s Spirit can teach you.