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We embrace the process of transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Promise

Series: 
Voices of Community

During the retreat our minister led us on a journey of self-knowledge - where we were in relation to God and where we stood as far as forgiveness of ourselves and others.  From there we progressed on the journey to reach a stage of trusting God and recommitting ourselves to Him. We were invited to walk, pray, think, sleep, draw, write – in other words, to respond in any way God was prompting us.  During my time outside I sat under a coral tree and found a seedpod there.

I read the book, The Cloud of Unknowing, and found that it dovetailed with what we were dealing with.   I found this on page 93 after I had written my testimony (in the form of a poem) and found it to be an affirmation of what I had written: “We are being stripped of … our ‘outer’ self so that our ‘inner’ self can come to true life.”

This is what I wrote that day:

PROMISE

You showed me the blackened seedpod from the tree
Was this a representation of how You see me?
A thing of beauty and yet past its prime
Fallen from the branch, spent its useful time?
And then the seed caught my eye: blood red
Poised on the lip of one wavy bowl
And I felt a lift: I was being led
To revalue myself and the seed of my soul:
With Your love and nurture, with my love and trust
That seed-soul could renew and grow and thrust
And – who knows- the new tree that may thus burst forth
May indeed birth something that has great worth.

Helene Muller
New Zealand

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Centering PrayerSpiritual Journey