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  • Ps 102:11 My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.

  • Ps 102:3 For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.

  • Ec 1:14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

  • Ec 1:17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

  • Ec 2:17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

If the idea of Gospel meditation and prayerful review of recent experience stirs interest in you, consider committing yourself to fifteen minutes at the ned of each day for the next week to do the following.

1. First, take your journal (or something on which you can write) and find a quiet place where you can sit undisturbed.

2. Select a Gospel account of one event in the life of Christ. After a brief prayer inviting God to allow you to imaginatively enter this experience and encounter Jesus, spend five minutes day dreaming on the passage.

3. After thanking God for the gift of time spent with Jesus, ask for help in reflecting on your day in order to better Discern Divine Presence during it.

4. Allow the events of the day to replay before you. Accept whatever comes into focus, no matter how trivial it initially appears to be, as a gift from God. Ask for help to discern Divine Presence in the experience.

5. End. your time by thanking God for gifts received during this process.

There is no simple formula for deep knowing of God. Vicki - who in my imagination has been sitting beside me as I wrote this chapter - has learned to avoid anything or anyone that suggests otherwise. You should do the same.

This chapter doesn't even begin to exhaust all the ways you can come to know God. But honest and prayerful election on the Gospels and daily experience provide a rich opportunity to meet God in ways that will change you. And as we have seen it also allows you to meet yourself in deeper places.

The Gift of Being Yourself, The sacred Call to Self-Discovery

By David Benner

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