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Voices 65: Ray Jacobsen, Minnesota, The Divine Therapy

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Voices of Grace and Gratitude
Week: 
65

Voices of Grace & Gratitude are joyful expressions of grace and gratitude from the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach for the gift of Centering Prayer in their lives and its meaning for all creation. A new video will be presented every Monday. May they serve to lift your hearts.

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English Transcript: 

I get the backwash from the past, back in the Vietnam War. Centering Prayer has been the very divine therapy and all the losses and failed dreams of a lifetime it helps me not become bitter. It’s helped me appreciate the resurrection of hope. It helped me appreciate the cross that each person has to bear whether they realize it or not. To have the silence to process the day-by-day challenges of life as well as processing the past and dealing with the shock of everything I’ve lost in the past but all I’ve gained as a result of that. People have been quoting Romans 8: 28: All things work together for good for those who love God who are called according to his purpose have been quoting that to me for 45 years when everything has been going wrong but with Centering Prayer I can live with the past and look forward to the present and have hope for the future. I just really appreciate Contemplative Outreach for condensing 2000 years, if not 3500 years, of insight into a difficult way for moderns in 21st century America and internationally I guess now to get some method to the madness -- called life.   


 

Spanish Transcript: 

Semana de marzo 30 – Ray Jacobsen, Minnesota  La terapia divina

Me llegan aún los ecos del pasado, de lo que fue la guerra de Vietnam. La Oración Centrante ha sido una verdadera terapia divina y ante todas las pérdidas y sueños truncados de mi vida me ayuda a no sentir amargura. Me ha ayudado a valorar la resurrección de la esperanza. Me ha ayudado a valorar la cruz con la que cada persona carga, lo sepan o no. Me ha dado el silencio para enfrentar los desafíos diarios de la vida y también para enfrentar el pasado y superar el impacto de todo lo que he perdido, y a la vez apreciar lo que he ganado como resultado. Durante 45 años, cuando todo iba mal,  la gente me citaba Romanos 8: 28: Dios dispone todas las cosas para bien de los que lo aman, a quienes él ha escogido y llamado, pero con la Oración Centrante puedo vivir con ese pasado y tener esperanza en el presente y en el futuro. Realmente estoy agradecido a Contemplative Outreach por haber condensado 2000años, si no han sido 3500 años de ideas esclarecedoras de una manera moderna para que podamos entenderla en la América del siglo 21 e internacionalmente, y que podamos tener un método para enfrentar la locura que llamamos vida.

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