Tending the Heart: Holding My Hands Open

January 19, 2018

 

For most of my adult life the image of holding my hands open before the Lord, rather than grasping for control of my life and circumstances has helped me walk in surrender to Jesus and his purposes. In my early 20's I remember sitting in my prayer closet (literally a bedroom closet in the former parsonage where the church staff officed) and praying through Proverbs 3:5-6 with my hands held open on my lap. Recently, I have become aware of a fair amount of grief in my heart. (If you are familiar with the Enneagram--I'm a 7--, attending to grief is one of the most important practices for the Enneagram 7.) And Jesus has been inviting me to pay attention to my grief rather than ignore it. But there are so many great things happening and potential in front of me that I've not wanted to or had a practice to help me. As I sat with Jesus recently I asked him how he wanted me to attend to grief in this season. The following liturgy is what flowed from that question.

 

(If you're doing this with others, bold type should be said by everyone, the rest is said by a leader.)

 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

Nothing I Hold Onto -- Will Reagan

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.

 

Father, make me nothing for you so that you can be everything and all that I have to give.

 

Holding my hands open to the earth (hands down) I lay to rest my own understanding. I lay to rest my expectations. I lay to rest my idealistically-driven dreams. I lay to rest my failed attempts and expressions at obedience. I lay to rest my disappointment. I lay to rest my control. I lay to rest my fear. I lay to rest my anger. I lay to rest my sadness. I lay to rest all that I have lost.

 

--Silence for meditation.

 

Father, make me nothing for you so that you can be everything and all that I have to give.

 

Holding my hands open to you (palms up) I recieve your love and affection. I recieve your grace and forgiveness. I recieve your healing touch of mercy. I recieve your plans and intentions. I recieve your desires. I recieve your redeeming activity in my work. I recieve your leading. I recieve your peace. I recieve your comfort. I recieve all that you have planned for me.

 

--Silence for meditation.

 

Father, make me nothing for you so that you can be everything and all that I have to give.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.

 

 

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