A Prayer of Faith
Life review is a common spiritual practice in which I lead my hospice patients. It is an opportunity for them to tell me about such things as their childhood, career, time spent as a parent, or their adventures through life. Often life review becomes a pathway to healing those lingering regrets, deep guilt, or broken relationships. Ultimately, it is a practice that can lead to the acceptance of one’s mortality and embracement of his or her belief in what comes after death. I found this quote recently which seemed to reflect this aspect of my work beautifully!
Whatever your beliefs, may you be at peace with the ebb and flow of your life.
Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh
Great rules were shared: take a sabbath day from gadgets, grocery shop within a budget, and spend more intentional time with one’s children were just a few.
We then looked at the 10 commandments from Exodus 20. I must admit, I had fun breaking them into diads and triad to see which of the commandments they could recall from memory. “Thou shalt not stone thy neighbor” was a creative version, I suppose, of “Thou shalt not kill.”
Here is a wonderful 21st Century version of the 10 Commandment for you to ponder. (Copied from the Religious Tolerance Website)
|Ten Commandments for the Third Millennium:Written by a person who would prefer to remain anonymous. It is obviously a religiously inclusive restatement of the Biblical Ten Commandments which would be acceptable to followers of most religions and to secularists as well:|
(And how’s that working for you? 😉 )
“If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division,it were better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act. For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint it had better be left alone.”
Sloooooowly read the scripture below from Psalm 46:10.
Allow the words to sink in.
Be open to the images or thoughts that come to mind with each line.
Do any feelings or questions arise?
Try emphasizing a different word with each line.
Pause…. before moving on to the next line.
Repeat each line as you feel drawn, even speak them out loud if you wish.
Take… your… time…
On your spiritual journey may you learn to slow down and to love stillness. I pray you discover in the silence that which gives you strength and can illuminate your path.
Be still—listen to and observe the wonder, beauty and holiness all around us–-and know that you are not alone.