The well-examined life

Where was God today?

This is your life. Take a look at it.

Staff_Marshall, LanceOn Sunday we talked about the person who wrote Psalm 23. We asked ourselves, what can we do to have that same relationship with God? To recognize God as our provider, to trust God with our future, to feel God’s presence in the midst of dark valleys? How do we get to there from here?

It’s not complicated. First you need to respond by placing your life in God’s hands. Call God your shepherd, your king, your Lord, your boss; whatever language works for you. You were created for this relationship, it’s easier to do than you imagine.

Next, take time to actually stop and reflect. The writer of Psalm 23 speaks with confidence because they have seen God act, felt God’s presence, known God’s love. This only happens when you take time to look back and see how God is at work in your life.

The tool we use for this is the Prayer of Examen. It’s a devotional practice, a habit, a system of learning to see God’s action in your life. At the end of the day, quiet yourself and do these five steps:hoodie

1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.

The Prayer of Examen is about looking and seeing. We recognize God’s love in our lives when we care enough to search it out. Your God is active in your life, now and every day. This is your life. Take a look at it.

God bless,

Lance

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