Prayer and Meditation Activites: 5 thru 8Posted: April 2, 2012
Spending the weekend taking part in an unbelievable, eye (and ear)-opening, live-in-the-now educational experience was quite special. I have a new appreciation for the word ‘meaningful’ in the ‘Meaningful Easter Prayer and Meditation Activities’ and a new application. It is what you create it to be.
Mon, April 2nd 5. Burdens– I feel lightened of many of my burdens I have created a story around, and am re-teaching my children how to recognize their stories they are creating around any doubts, fears, and anxieties they feel from events in their past. “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19
Tues, April 3rd 6. The Caring Corner– Set out pictures of current events (tornado devastation, children of hunger, homeless families.) Pray for the needs of the people in the photos, or involved in the event. I will remind my kids that these only represent a few of the millions of people around the world who are in need of our prayers. “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Wed, April 4th 7. Confession– Set up a paper shredder, paper, and pens. Write down what you feel are the strained places, attitudes, and relationships in your life and the world. Invite-in a silent time of reflection. Feel God’s mercy. Consider how you will work to repair these relationships and systems, possibly with opening up communication. Shred these confessions as an act of release and action. “For gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight.” Proverbs 1:2
Thurs, April 5th 8. Water– Just get a large bowl of water. I’m going to use this activity to have my kids meditate on the here and now. To close their eyes, put their hands in the water, and be quiet and present in the moment to feel the water. Water is the source of life. It represents birth, baptism, and being thankful to God to be breathing in life.
Please feel free to share any revelations from your experiences in the comments below. Thanks for reading and sharing.