A spiritual exercise by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
based on Luke 5:17-26
Materials: Bible, index card, pen/pencil
Read Luke 5:17-26
Remember a time when you were unable to help yourself. How did you feel? This was an “on the mat” moment. Write your name in the middle of the index card, your mat. Who carried you in your time of need? Who stayed by your side? Who moved heaven and earth to get you to what you needed? Who brought you to Jesus when you couldn’t bring yourself? Write their names in the four corners of your mat. Say a prayer of thanksgiving for them. Allow time for prayer and reflection.
Turn your card over.
Think of one or two persons who are “on the mat” right now. Write their names in the middle of the index card and write your name in the corner. How will you carry them and raise them up? How will you befriend them, companion them, stay by their side? Overcome the obstacles to connect them with what is needed? Bring them to Jesus through prayer and grace? Who will you gather to help you? Write their names in the corners as well. Ask Jesus to give you the boldness, perseverance and compassion to take up this saving work. Allow time for prayer and reflection.
We are bound together by our common experience
Sometimes on the mat, sometimes carrying the mat
Sometimes receiving, sometimes giving
We all have needs
We all need one another and we all need Jesus
Who looks on us with love
and takes great delight in our holy adventures
Allow time for silent thanksgiving and reflection and/or sharing.
The Mat © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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