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Morning Meditation #1

02 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Morning Meditation #1
Morning Meditation #1
 

This Monday morning we thought we’d give you an opportunity to experience something a bit different. Whether you’ve just come off a long week at Creation or you’re gearing up to finish last minute details on a short term missions trip, at this point in the summer it’s easy to get distracted from the most important things.

Each of us are called to first love God with all that we are and everything we’ve got, then we’re called to love others as ourselves. As a youth worker, God’s called you to invite students to do the same.

 

Getting Started

Let’s take some morning to be still, reflect, and remember what God has done in our lives. If you can, shut the door, turn off the cell phone, free yourself from the distractions and set the next few moments apart to be with God.

The reflection can take as long as you’d like, but plan on allowing at least ten minutes to not feel rushed. You might want to grab a journal and your Bible, but don’t feel like this is a time to produce or study, it’s simply a time to enjoy God’s presence and reflect on him.

This meditative thought is centered around the theme of “Conversion and Confession” and includes thoughts from Augustine’s Confession, the band Gungor’s song “Late Have I Loved You”, and Luke’s account of Paul’s conversion in Acts 9.

 

When You’re Ready to Begin

Take a few moments to be still. Be silent before God and recognize His presence. When you feel ready, briefly thank Him before continuing.
Reflect on the follow excerpts from Augustine’s own story.

 

“O eternal Truth, true Love, and beloved Eternity, you are my God, and for you I sigh day and night…”

“I looked for a way to gain the strength I needed to enjoy you, but I did not find it until I embraced the mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who is also God, supreme over all things and blessed forever…”

“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you…”

“You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

– Augustine, Confessions Bk. 10, Ch. 27

To continue, slowly read through the account of Paul’s conversion in Acts 9


Special thanks to our good friend Tristan Mason, Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts at Christ Community Church of Plainfield, IL who created and shared this meditation with us. To read more from Tristan, check out his blog Radiate at http://radiate.aplacetoconnect.com/

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