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Meditation Exercise

Today’s Reflection

REST YOUR BODY in whatever way is best for you. Breathe a few slow, full breaths, then let your breathing become light and gentle. You may want to imagine an inward picture or to say a few words that help you feel God’s closeness.

When you feel ready, focus your thoughts on the biblical Jesus. Bring to mind a special story of an encounter with Jesus: Jesus’ laying healing hands on someone, blessing the children, walking by the lake with the disciples, calling forth Lazarus, waking up Jarius’s little girl, sailing on the lake, eating supper with his disciples, speaking to Mary in the garden, or any other story. Think about the story for a while, letting it become lovingly real for you.

Now think of or picture yourself as one of the persons in that story, perhaps the person being healed or spoken to or touched. Let yourself feel or think of Jesus’ direct personal attention; sense the direct gaze of his eyes. Remember he came not to condemn but to make us whole.

What are you experiencing about God that is clarified and intensified for you through this meeting with Jesus?

– Flora Slosson Wuellner
Feed My Shepherds

From page 41 of Feed My Shepherds: Spiritual Healing and Renewal for Those in Christian Leadership by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 1997 by Flora Slosson Wuellner. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Follow the meditation exercise and answer the question: What are you experiencing about God that is clarified and intensified for you through this meeting with Jesus? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
Luke 12:15, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who have no place to live. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

Happy 75th anniversary, El Aposento Alto!
This year, the Spanish language edition of El Aposento Alto celebrates its 75th anniversary. Congratulate the editors and the community in the comment section on the web: http://elaposentoalto.upperroom.org/es.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
Basil the Blessed
(August 2).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller August 3, 2013, 5:24 am

    Wish this meeting with Jesus experience especially for Anneliese who has osteoarthritis. She has received treatment for the pain it constantly supplies. May this meeting with Jesus help her even more for Jesus is the supreme healer.

    Lord, help us help the homeless following Your example. We have two people in mind, one who we welcome with open arms and one who we want to help but are hesitant. If You guide us we will do what is right. In Your name I pray, Amen.

  • Erin Pascal August 3, 2013, 7:35 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I really needed this and it was a very wonderful feeling. I pictured myself being touched and blessed by Jesus himself and it felt so real. I feel a lot lighter. May God bless you!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling August 3, 2013, 11:22 am

    In my encounter with Jesus, I visualized my head resting on the bosom of Jesus experiencing his love.

    Thank you Father God for your amazing love.

  • Erica Hutchinson August 3, 2013, 4:27 pm

    I have a strong vision with me always of Jesus standing with a circle of people around him, the important thing for me is in my vision there are people of all ages, the poor and the rich, from all walks of life, that especially stays in my way of thinking when a person wanders into church that maybe is poorly dressed, a reminder that this church is not ours but belongs to God.
    Thank you to our amazing God for your never ending love

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