You’re not good enough.
You don’t deserve love.
God is not good.
No one cares.
You’re a failure.
We all have these recurring tapes that play in our head. Like a highlight reel of our biggest failures or painful words that have been spoken to us. They shape our perception of ourselves and the relationships we have. Often we never stop to consider if they are even good or true songs
In our Mixtape series this weekend we invited you to take out the tape and replace it with a new tape. A mixtape of God’s story and God’s love for you. A mixtape is often comprised of the greatest hits. The songs that anchor you. The songs that grow you, encourage you and speak to your soul. The letters to the early church are like a good mixtape. They remind us of who we are, they grow us, they encourage us, they anchor us, and they remind us of the song of hope we find in Jesus.
One way we encouraged you to take out the old tape and replace it with the tape of Jesus was through the spiritual practice of Centering Prayer.
Centering Prayer has four very simple guidelines. The four guidelines, in their simplicity, are,
- Choose a sacred word as a symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
We choose a simple word, one or two syllables, that embodies that consent to say “yes,” in this moment. It shouldn’t be elaborate, Yes. Love. It could be a sacred word: Jesus. Abba. Home. Light. Peace. That little word holds all of our intentionality.
- Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word.
- When engaged with thoughts, return ever so gently to the sacred word.
When engaged with your thoughts, your emotions, your memory, your imagination, the noise next door, the noise inside, whatever is happening — let it be there. Then ever so gently, return to that sacred word. This is really the essence of this prayer. We take whatever that is going on in our lives and just be present with God.
- At the end of the period of prayer, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
In an effort to help you put this prayer into practice we want to share this awesome app with you! It’s simply called “Centering Prayer”. Download it and give it a try! We hope this helps you switch the tape and live the song of hope we are all invited into!