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God's Circle Prayer

 

1. Gather it together – Bring your arms around as if you are gathering a bundle

2. Lift it up – Raise your arms and hands as if you are holding a bowl over your head

3. Bless it as Holy – Turn your hands, palms facing away from you

4. Let it go – drop hands to your side as if pushing something behind you

Be sure you’re standing where you have a full range of motion and that you are able to take a step in every direction.

 

 

I invite you to close your eyes.
Take a few moments to center yourself.
Focus on your breathing.
Inhaling deeply through your nose, holding it momentarily -
     then exhaling through your mouth emptying your lungs…

 

Now imagine you are standing in a circle.
This is your God circle.  
In this circle you are safe.  
In this circle you are loved.  
Here you are bathed in God’s power

 

In this circle you can feel secure.
There is no need to worry.
In this circle you are certain that you are being held in God’s hand.
In this circle there is no reason to be afraid.
Here, you are comfortable,
     you are warm,
            you are settled,
                   you are home.

 

Keeping your eyes closed carefully take one step backwards, outside of you God circle.
This place represents all that you have left to get to get to this point in time.  
All the hustle and bustle of the week, the busyness of your everyday –  
     tight-for-time schedules and more-than-full agendas,
     all the things that may cause anxiety.
Perhaps the traffic was bad getting here;
     maybe you had a struggle with one of your children or spouse.
Maybe there is work left undone – waiting for your return.
Think about all that has made you anxious so far this day…

Recalling our motions
    I invite you to slowly gather it together
    Lift it up….
           Bless it as Holy
                 and Let it go!

 

Step back into you God circle – re-center yourself
    Recall the comfort of this space
        The feeling of warmth.
            The peace of being settled.
Here you are covered with God’s Mercy
Here you are bathed in God’s Love.
Here you are surrounded by the power of God.

 

Carefully take a step to the right.  Planting both feet firmly, become aware of the ground as it presses back against the soles of your shoes.  This space represents everything that is making you angry.
Perhaps there is someone you find difficult.
Maybe you have argued with a friend.
Perhaps there is someone you cannot forgive.
Are you holding on to too much anger?
Could it be that you are angry with God?
or maybe you’re angry with yourself….
Anger is a very real part of our lives.
Like everything, anger can also be our teacher.

I invite you to slowly gather it together
    Lift it up, ….
           and because anger is part of who we are, we Bless it as Holy
                  and Let it go!

 

Now, take a step back into you God circle – re-center yourself
    Recall the comfort of this space
        The feeling of warmth.
            The peace of being settled.
Here you are covered with God’s Mercy
Here you are bathed in God’s Love.
Here you are surrounded by the power of God.

 

Step now to your left.  Allow this space to represent all that makes you frightened.
It may be the uncertainty of the future.  So many things are unknown.
Perhaps the workplace is unstable; assignments or expectations – unclear.
or maybe it is a relationship that is undefined or one that is fragile.

Take all that frightens you
and gather it together
    Lift it up….
           Bless it as Holy
                 and Let it go!

 

Step back into you God circle – re-center yourself
    Recall the comfort of this space
        The feeling of warmth.
            The peace of being settled.
Here you are covered with God’s Mercy
Here you are bathed in God’s Love.
Here you are surrounded by the power of God.

 

I invite you now to take a step forward.
What is it about the future that makes you nervous?
Are you thinking about things that are beyond your control?
Will there be enough time to accomplish all your tasks and chores?
Is catching up with everything possible?  
Are the everyday pressures ever going to disappear?

Consider all the makes you nervous
and gather it together
    Lift it up….
           Bless it as Holy
                and Let it go!

 

Step back into you God circle – re-center yourself
    Recall the comfort of this space
        The feeling of warmth.
            The peace of being settled.
Here you are covered with God’s Mercy
Here you are bathed in God’s Love.
Here you are surrounded by the power of God.
Here you are at peace.  Here you have no fears, no anxieties.
Here, in your God circle you have guidance, you know joy, wisdom abounds.

I invite you to slowly gather it together,
lift it up,
bless it as holy,
now bring your hands slowly towards your chest and hold this in your heart.
May your heart remain full of God’s love.  May that love overflow.

 

Amen.