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The Traveling Vagabond: Prayer Garden Day 2

If you have not read the intro yet: START HERE

I drove over to Fuller to spend a few hours there before I headed to Vegas.  I found myself thumbing through my dissertation in the library.  

As I randomly opened it up to the middle, I found what I wrote on meditation.  At its core, “Christian meditation, very simply, is the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his word. It is that simple.” Thomas à Kempis defines meditation as a familiar friendship with Jesus: “The perpetual presence of the Lord . . . moves from a theological dogma into a radiant reality. ‘He walks with me and he talks with me’ ceases to be pious jargon and instead becomes a straightforward description of daily life.”  

There is a Hebrew word used in the Old Testament seventy-four times, seventy one of which are in the Psalms. The word is Selah. It means to stop and listen. It could also be said that it means: “Shut up! Pay attention!” The Amplified Bible translates it as, “pause, and think of that.” It is an invitation to become attentive to what God is up to.

Christian meditation is a way of experiencing God beyond what the ego can grasp or attain. God wired humans to have a deep longing for what is healthy and what is right.  Christian meditation is the process of being open, vulnerable and honest of areas of brokenness and to reflect upon what God would have to say about being reconciled in this area. For example, if a person wrestles with being fearful, it is clear in the Bible that God is love and perfect love casts out all fear (1 Jo 4:18). The problem is identified and the biblical context is clear. This identifies the problem and the final solution, but it does not identify the source of the anger. This is where meditation becomes helpful when building one’s identity in Christ. Meditation invites God to guide the follower of Christ to identify the source of the problem and navigate solutions towards the biblical principle.

Upon reading what I wrote for others, I realized that God had me write this a year ago, so He could use it as an instrument to speak to me in a California library on this day.

I went to Fuller’s prayer garden and spent a few hours meditating 

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi Bruce, Thank you for sharing your journey. I look forward to reading about how God directs you as you seek Him. I will join in praying for you as you go.
July 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDeeDee Feeney

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