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In this remembrance prayer, we look at the crucial choices we’ve made in the past and reflect on them to gain some perspective. It helps us see how our story fits into the bigger picture, where we’ve seen God in our lives, and how perhaps God is communicating with us to show us our purpose. Further, this exercise helps us determine the steps and choices we need to take to move toward that purpose.
Paying attention to a memory can become for us a deep and meaningful prayer. As we relive an experience, we discover new aspects of it, of ourselves and of God. Any one memory could have many gifts for us in our lifetime.
Relax - Time - Life - Time - Time
So, relax and open yourself to re-experiencing a time in your life — it could be an especially joyful time or it could be a difficult, challenging time, but this time invite the Presence of the Holy to sit with you.
Intention: To experience God’s love through remembrance of a life event.
Place - Minutes - Silence - Journal - Close
Find a quiet, comfortable place to spend about 45 minutes in silence. You may want to have a journal close by. Open with a simple prayer, asking God to be present in this time.
Turn your attention to something in your life — a past event, an experience, a memory — that has been on your mind. It could be something that has been nagging at you, or something that was so wonderful you want to spend time reliving it. Give yourself at least 10 minutes to select your memory for reflection.
Focus - Memory - Mind - Eye - Experience
Focus intently on this memory. In your mind’s eye, relive the experience. Allow all your senses — touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing — to experience the memory. Be aware of how God was present with you in the experience and also now in the remembering....
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