“God is not pleased with me.”
Do you really believe this?
Why would God not be pleased with you?
The actions of Jesus reveal a God who is loving, compassionate and inclusive.
Perhaps it is YOU who is not pleased with yourself.
When you sit in the silence of Centering Prayer you sit with a God who unconditionally loves you.
Or as I once heard William Meninger say at a weekend retreat,
“God is going to love you and that is it!”
The wonderful thing about Centering Prayer is that you can bring these thoughts with you to your sit.
You can let them go and leave them there.
They are only thoughts.
They are not who you are.
You are not your thoughts.
There is much more depth and beauty to who you are.
Let me repeat this again.
YOU ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS.
Centering Prayer helps you begin to take a position behind your thoughts and observe them.
And then let go of the ones that don’t serve you.
Is God pleased with you?
God is pleased with you.
God wants you to enjoy life.
You are “a ray of God’s own light” as I read in the epilogue of Martin Laird’s book, Into the Silent Land.
Tools Matter: Beginning the Spiritual Journey (The Matters Series) by Mary Margaret Funk
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