Summary: A lectio divina (meditation on the scriptures) using the song "Heart of God" by Amanda Wilson.
Note: If you are not familiar with the meditative style of lectio divina please take 20 minutes and listen to the audio rather than just reading the script.
Today we are going on a journey, a journey of the heart and soul using your mind, your thinking and imagination, to go on a a journey to meet with Jesus.
In order to do this you need to take a position which is comfortable for you, sitting if you can or if you are a person that needs to move place yourself in some space where you are free to move without running into things or disturbing others. If you can, it may be useful to have some paper and a pen handy in case you want to write things down. Pause the recording here till you are all organized.
Before we go on this journey I want you to make a list of all the things that are on your mind right now. Make it mentally in words or images, or on your paper. A list of the things that have happened or might happen that are concerning or worrying you. Pause the recording here till you have done that.
When you have finished either just fold your paper up and put it to one side, or imagine yourself putting those things beside where you will see them when you come back from your journey. You will not be gone that long and they will be there to remind you if needed when you come back.
Now you are ready to travel. Close your eyes, and imagine you are beginning your journey at the entrance to a subway train station. You will enter the station building by going down a long escalator. As you enter the building you step onto the escalator and ride down, down, down into the depths of the building. And as you go down further, and further, instead of becoming darker the light gradually brightens and, ahead of you, you see your favourite place to relax or holiday, any place you would really like to be in and enjoy. And as the escalator ends, you step off it into that place. A place that is warm and light, a place you want to be. Walk around that place. Find a favourite spot. Enjoy it!
Hear the voice of Jesus saying, “Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 20:28)
Jesus is here, here with you.
Jesus is here, now, with you.
Jesus is here.
Think what he would be like if you could actually see him.
Picture Jesus if you can,
Look at his hands and feet.............. the marks of love are there.
Jesus is here. Jesus is here. Jesus is here, with you.
And (from Eph. 1:1-14; Ps. 139:13,15-16) Jesus says to you:
Blessed be God, my Father;
let us praise God my Father;
let us celebrate God my Father with praises for his goodness
For in me, Jesus Christ, God has blessed you;
in my very person, God has caused you to prosper;
in the gift of me to you, God has given you happiness.
In the gift of me to you God has blessed you with every Spiritual blessing.
In the gift of me to you God has blessed you every good thing that His Spirit can give.
In the gift of me to you God has blessed you with all of the wonder of the fullness of His Holy Spirit, all the Spiritual blessings of the heavenly places.
As He is in heaven now He is also in you.
Before the foundations of this world were made;
before we even began to make this world that you live in;
before time as you know it began,
God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and I, God’s Son, chose YOU;
chose specifically you, to be born.
Out of all the children your parents could have had, we caused you to be born:
for I formed your inmost being,
I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
Your frame wasn’t hidden from me, when you were made in secret,
woven together in the depths of the earth, my eyes saw your body.
In my book were written all the days that were ordained for you
before even one of them came to be.
And God chose you,
so that in me you would be dead to sin through the power of my death on the cross.
With me as your Saviour you would be cleansed and purified by my blood.
And with me as your Lord, you would be alive to God with my gift of eternal life;
united with me through the Holy Spirit.
God chose you so that in me you would be Holy;