Church of Our Saviour

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Love Letters from God

During Lent in 2011, we begin our services with the reading of a letter taken from Prayers to the Great Creator, Answered Prayers–Love Letters from the Divine by Julia Cameron. This is followed by five minutes for silent reflection. They make a wonderful platform from which to begin a time of meditation and prayer.

Lent I – March 13th

Dear People of God,

You are afraid to call on me. You doubt that I will answer. You fear you pray in vain. Call on me now. Offer me the chance to enter your heart. You have the key to the lock. Swing the door open through willingness.  There, let me see your soul.  Let me hear your whispering. I am here with you. Tell me your fears.

Why do you doubt my love? Have you sustained too many losses, more than your heart could bear?  Bring to me your burdened heart. Speak to me of what your life has cost you. Tell me whom and what you miss. I am listening.

I will not tell you loss is trivial. I have known my own losses, many losses, and I know pain. What I can promise you is that life will comfort life. More will come to you. More will fill your heart. In grief, the heart closes. We are afraid to love. We are afraid to extend ourselves, saying, “I have done that – and it hurt.”  Of course it hurt. I understand your wounds. I have had my own and, too, I carry yours as mine. And so I know this: we must open the grieving heart to love.

Bring me your battered heart. Allow me to comfort you. Walk with me a little ways. I will share your burden. I will carry your grief. As I open my love to you, do not resist me. Allow my heart to touch your heart.  Unclench your heart for me. There, I will go softly, remembering the names of all you have lost, remembering your pain and your love.

Silence

 

Lent II – March 20th

Dear People of God,

You do not feel worthy of knowing me. You are not “spiritual,” you say. Let us begin at the beginning. No matter how you deny it, you are spiritual. That is your true nature. You are a part of me and I am a part of you.

There is one power flowing through all of life, and we are that power. As you open your mind to the fact that we are already connected, our connection deepens. I am your friend I intend you nothing but good. As you open your heart to the love in our connection, our bond strengthens. You may be humble, yet you are spiritual in nature.

You do not need to become something you are not. I love and accept you exactly as you are. It is easy to get to know me. Begin as you would greet anyone, with a simple “hello.” If you greet me and then listen, you will feel a response. This is how I speak to you; this is why they call it the still, small voice.

I speak gently and quietly but you can hear me. You can feel our connection. I do touch your soul. Do not worry about being worthy of knowing me. I am your maker and I make nothing that is not of the highest worth. I value you. I esteem you. I love you. Come to me and feel your true nature.

Silence

 

Lent III – March 27th

Dear People of God,

You have made a mistake and fear that there is no undoing it.I am glad to know your thoughts, but I have news for you. It is never too late to turn to me.  There is no error I cannot undo. Come to me now. That is sufficient.

I am all powerful in ways you do not understand. I mend the broken bonds of love. I heal the shattered households. I guide the safe return of love. Allow me to handle your mangled affairs. Stick close to me.  Do as I guide you to do. Behind your smallest act is the infinite strength of the universe. Allow me to act through you. Give me your heart that I may teach it to love.

Silence


Lent V – April 10th

Dear People of God,

You are afraid to commit. You cling to half measures. You blame me for your life but refuse to allow me to alter it.  Bring me your whole heart. Open your life to me without reservation. Allow me the freedom to act on your behalf. I am the source of your good.  Allow me to flow freely into your life. Give me all of you.  Allow me to act in all areas of your life. There is no arena in which I cannot bring change for the better.

I am transforming life. At all times, in all places, I work to bring about an improvement of conditions. Allow me to perfect your life. Ask that every cranny and nook of your experience be brought into alignment with my will for you. Seek to know my will for you and to cooperate with that will’s unfolding. I promise you the betterment of your life.

As you commit to me, you commit also to yourself, to your highest good. There is no contradiction between my desires for you and your own highest good. Seek to know yourself in me. Allow me to expand your thinking and enlarge your scope of action.  I have a large plan for you. I am completely committed to your well-being. As you align your will with mine, your life is made whole and perfect. Commit to your highest destiny and allow me to act. Give me your all.

Silence

 

Other letters from God:

Dear People of God,

There is no distance too great for me. There is no rift too large. I am the great healer. All souls respond to me. There is no one too hardened to feel my touch. Bring me your difficulties. Invite me to solve them.  Tell me the error of your ways. I hear your heart. I know you long for healing. You do well to come to me. I am the dear and glorious physician. Nothing is too broken for my repair. Where there is life, there is hope, and I am life itself. Live within me now. Live with a quiet expectation of good. Nothing is too damaged to be fixed by me. Bring me your broken dreams.

Silence

 

Dear People of God,

Your life feels overwhelming. Your future looms large and unknown. Turn to me. Let me be a source of comfort. Ask me for help so that your agitation and stress may be lifted. Allow me to shoulder your burdens.

The future unfolds one day at a time. Respect that pace. Do not hurry forward into tomorrow. Allow me to lead you, to enter your days and fill them with peace. I have a peaceful heart for you. Enter my heart and allow me to share my abundant sense of wellbeing. Unfold your days with me and lose your sense of panic and loss. This earth is abundant. It holds joy for you, and contentment. Bring me your restless heart. Allow me to gentle your soul. When you go forward without me, there is always a sense of grasping. You fear there is not enough to fill your hungry heart.

Walk with me and discover bounty. There is more than enough to fill your heart. Take time with me. Allow me to set the pacing of your day. Relax with me. Allow me to grace your days with quiet productivity. There is no rush. The present well spent builds the future. Each day is a gift to you. Each day contains time enough for harmony. Give me your sense of urgency. Allow me to transform it into a sense of purpose. Give me each day and I will give it back to you transformed and shining with love.

Silence

 

Dear People of God,

You have a restless heart. You do not trust your life’s unfolding. You look for trouble and, in quiet times, you manufacture difficulty. You are addicted to anxiety. I offer you calm and you turn me aside. Now I ask you: quiet your heart for me. Allow me to enter your life as a soft wind bringing freshening change. It is possible to change gently. It is possible to grow without drama. I offer you that chance.  Accept my gardening hand.

When you are restless, turn to me. Ask me to take away your agitation and direct your thinking along positive lines. You can learn to live peacefully. You can learn that I am ever present to calm your fears. Let your thoughts of me become habitual. Learn to remember I am at your side, ready always to dismantle your difficulties. There is no vexation that I cannot help you with. The situations of your life are familiar to me, and I can bring my grace to bear.

Allow me to calm your heart. Trust me now with your life’s unfolding. Do not look for trouble. Do not manufacture problems. Accept my calm and come willingly into my shelter. In me, your restless heart finds a quiet abode. I am the calm center from which all things are possible. Allow me to nurture your growth.

Silence

 

Dear People of God,

You are afraid of being poor. You focus on what you will lack. To you, the future feels uncertain. This is false thinking. I am the source of your good. My resources are infinite. My flow is abundant. My wealth is real.  Depend on me for your well-being. Your future good is certain with me.

All of life is one energy, every expanding, ever becoming more. You are a part of this energy, and it is my pleasure to expand you and give you more. I am the great giver, ever more prosperous, ever more generous. I am ever an increase in all things. For me to partner you, you must learn to receive.  Expect my bounty to flow to you. Feel gratitude in your heart that this is so. Bring me your grateful heart as a cup that I can fill to overflowing. Expect me to further your good.

I am the source of all things. No human power can subvert my flow. At all time, in all places, my good can reach you. My goodness to you cannot be blocked, so why do you fear? Affirm daily, “God is my source.”  Boldly claim the abundance of God as your right and reward. It is my great joy to bring you fulfillment. Your wishes and desires draw me to you. Ask and you shall receive. I am your source.

Silence

 

Dear People of God,

You long for a more spiritual life, but you tell yourself that is too difficult. You pretend I am distant and hard to reach. You pretend I make harsh terms with you. Stop your pretending. Do not believe in God as told to you by the authorities. Come to me on your terms instead.  Simply say “hello,” and our conversation can begin.

I want to walk with you as friends walk. I want us to be casual and intimate. I want us to share secrets. I will begin with a secret of mine: I love you. I have loved you since the beginning of time. I have always seen myself as coming to join you. I am ready to listen to your heart. Please begin to talk with me. You can start anywhere, with your joys or with your sorrows. I have ears for every part of you.

You say you do not know where to begin. I say to you, “quit stalling.” Start with “good morning.” And it is a good morning any day that you make contact with me. Ask me to shape your day, to touch your consciousness with the recognition of possibility. All things are good and can be made anew. I am the water you long to drink  I am the food you hunger for. I am the full meal that nourishes and nurtures you.  Let us break bread.

Silence

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