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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Hear (07/08/10)

TITLE: Jesus Hears Us and We Can Experience His Love
By Cindy Tuttle
07/08/10


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Prayer


You are not alone!

I hear your cry

You may feel that no

one understands your pain

It may seem like no one cares

Or even knows you are alive

You might consider giving up

Oh, my child, not only do I understand

but I have felt these same emotions

I felt alone

like no one cared

But there is resurrection!

My resurrection is also for you!


Let me take you in my arms

Let me tell you this:

You are cherished

I dreamt of you even before

you were born

I see the ways you

have brought love to others

Every time you comforted someone

and thought no one

noticed or appreciated

your acts of kindness

I noticed. I noticed, because

I am here!

Let me love you . . .


Reflection

In this prayer, Jesus asks us to let Him love us. How can we open ourselves to His love? Many find meditation helpful. Close your eyes and relax. Take deep breaths, and try to empty your mind of any worries or thoughts. Just be in the moment. Feel your breath. Relax each of your muscles, starting with the face and traveling down the body until you finish with your toes. You can first tense the muscle, and then slowly relax it.
Now, imagine Jesus in the room with you. Imagine Him smiling at you and looking at you with more love than you have ever seen. His eyes look straight into your heart. There’s no need to keep anything hidden from Him. Give Him full access to all of you. Feel His love. Feel Him touch you in a comforting way.

“Peace be with you,” He says. He calls you by name, and you hear respect, understanding and love in His voice. “What do you want to tell me?” He asks. “I am here for you. I am here.”

Tell Jesus everything that is on your mind. Feel His warmth and compassion.
When you have completed your conversation with Jesus, He again says, “Peace be with you.” He fades away, yet the light and love He brought remains always in your heart. You know you have seen and experienced an incredible event, a life-changing occurrence. Now, when you are comfortable, you can open your eyes. Don’t analyze what happened; just sit with your feelings, and let your experience with Jesus wash over you.

This is one way you can let Jesus love you. There are many ways, but this is one I have personally found helpful and uplifting. Say the above prayer during the day. Find a quiet place to pray. Tonight, write down your feelings and the experience you had. Did Jesus say anything else to you? What feelings did you have after you talked with Him?


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/15/10
This is a fresh take on the typical devotion.

I think the prayer might read better if it was divided into stanzas; I felt with double spacing every line it gave me too much white space and distracted me a bit.

The idea of meditating and letting the light stay with you is a powerful way to worship God and come out of it feeling more refreshed.
AnneRene' Capp 07/16/10
Your tangible suggestion on how to relax while seeking to hear God's voice is so encouraging! I agree with Shann, this is a fresh take on a devotional. Also agree about the double spacing.:)
Mildred Sheldon07/17/10
Good job on the subject but I agree with Shann. Other then that this was right on. Thank you for sharing and God bless.
Ruth Brown 07/17/10
Beautiful prayer lovely article. I have used the relaxation tecnique but you went the extra mile with it.! Good job. Blessings, Ruth
Dorene Lang07/19/10
This would be nice to hear on a relaxation tape. Nice words, nice job.
Dorene Lang07/19/10
I re-read the prayer and it's a little confusing to me. I want to read it as a prayer, but it's Jesus talking right? It feels more like a love letter from Him. Thank you
Angela M. Baker-Bridge07/20/10
Good message, though I didn't think the beginning was a prayer either. Nicely done.