Pivotal moments with God
‘For the pilgrim, each step on the journey is valued, even steps backward or detours to the side. Every movement is an invitation, and every moment has insight to offer. Without reflection, however, these invitations and insights can be easily missed. Because of this, the pilgrim knows the value of taking time to reflect on the journey as it unfolds, making sure to spend time pondering their experience and what has brought them thus far as they listen for the movement of the Sacred Guide and discern the path ahead.’ (Lacy, Sacred Journey)
o Sit comfortably and naturally, letting yourself be present and at ease.
o Let go of any plans you might have for this exercise and feel the natural rhythm of your breathing.
o Open yourself to the prayerful space around you and within you and take time to sink into the NOW, the mystery of your being.
o Then begin to reflect on your life.
o Rest in the presence of the God who has lovingly held you from the day of your birth until now.
o Simply allow memories - as they come. Let one memory recall another by association, which may be neither logical nor chronological.
These might include:
- memories of persons, events or experiences which have shaped or influenced you
- memories of special places, of significant moments, or of an intense atmosphere
- memories of times in ministry, of endings and beginnings, or of decisions you have made
Name each experience. Express it in a few words or in a symbol. You may want to draw or paint. Stay long enough with each. Allow yourself to be aware of the mood, the feelings or emotions which accompany each memory, e.g.:
- joy, gratitude
- fear, sadness, anger, pain
- desire, hope, intimacy
- loneliness, safety
Then try to order the experiences, which have come alive for you in whichever way best.
Could you express your insights in a symbol or an image?
Which one or more of these moments has been pivotal, those times when God has changed the trajectory of your life?
Bring God, or Jesus, or a person who has been a soul friend to you, into the experience. Make conversation, share some insight or feeling reaction, and ask for what you most need. (Sr Renate)