As You Have Loved Me

I think we might agree that the world needs our prayers more than ever.  It seems the message of John 3:16 has gotten lost – God so loved the world…but where is the love?  And time to pray?  Who has that?  I ran across this simple breath prayer based on Sunday’s scripture text and wanted to share it with you.

     Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment,
     that you love one another.
    Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
    By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
    if you have love for one another.”
    —John 13.34-35

A Breath Prayer

Be still.  Be aware that God is with you,
loving you, embracing you,
love welling up in you like a spring,
the Beloved perfecting love in you.
Simply let this loving presence be with you.
Give your deepest intention to receiving God’s love,
breathing it in, letting it change you and give you life,
and breathing it out, letting it flow into the world
in all that you do.

Mindful of this, pray repeatedly,
breathing in, then breathing out:

As you have loved me …
so I love.

Let it become like a tune you can’t get out of your head.
Carry the prayer with you through the day.

As you have loved me …
so I love.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 as we come together to receive God’s love so that we might practice Jesus’ radical love.

God bless you,

Source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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