Breathe in deeply, hold it, and exhale completely. Repeat three times.
Relax. Visualize yourself in God's presence.
What does that feel like? Look like?
Is it an image of peace? Is it an image of anger? Conflict? Love?
Using the words of this mantra, say slowly: ''maranatha'' which is the oldest Christian prayer (it means 'come, Lord'), in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, used by St Paul at the end of the First Letter to the Corinthians (16:22) and found in the earliest Christian liturgies. Repeat the mantra slowly to yourself for as long as it takes to put yourself in a prayerful state.
If anyone comes to me, I want to lead them to Him.
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
As we celebrate today, the coming of Emmanuel, God with us, what are your hopes for all those whom you meet during this season of wonder and awe? In your prayer today, reflect on the many ways you can lead others to know Jesus and to experience the joy offered us by His coming.
Quiet yourself. Open your heart.
Take three deep breaths.
Disconnect and listen.
How long would you like to pray for?