THE MAKING OF ME - Retreat #3 for the Everyday


We have been created by God as the Beloved of God


A PRAYER FOR GRACE TO:

Grow in my awareness of how I have been and am loved by God; and to experience how God is near, to trust more God’s personal care and love for me.


ENCOUNTERING GOD

God is present and ongoing creatively active in the world and in our lives. God communicates indirectly to us through creation, Scriptures and our daily encounters. His presence can be felt by us through creation and heard through reading Scriptures, and His action can be seen in our encounters throughout our day.


In the beginning, there is me, a cluster of cells being loved and formed into being


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CONTEMPLATION



THE MAKING OF ME (GEN 1:26)

Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.


  • IMAGINE BEING THERE OVER HEARING GOD SPEAKING ABOUT CREATING A PERSON.

  • WHAT IMAGES AND/OR FEELINGS RISE UP IN YOU?


THE BREATH OF GOD (GEN 2:7)

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.


  • BE THERE NOW AS GOD IS FORMING YOU AND BREATHING INTO YOU YOUR LIFE.

  • HOW DOES GOD’S BREATH FEEL?


I AM THE IMAGE (GEN 1: 27)

God created mankind in His image; in the image of God he created them;male and female He created them.


  • WHAT IMAGES COME TO YOU NOW AS A PERSON BEING MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD?

  • WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF YOURSELF AS THE IMAGE OF GOD?




Face-to-Face Encounter (Gen 1: 28-31a)


God blessed them and God said to them:

Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth.

God also said:

See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food.

And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.



  • IMAGINE GOD SPEAKING TO YOU " I GIVE ALL THIS TO YOU"

  • WHAT COMES UP FOR YOU WHEN YOU HEAR GOD WHISPER TO YOU THESE WORDS?



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MEDITATION


David’s Response to God’s Creation (Ps 8)

O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!

I will sing of your majesty above the heavens 3 with the mouths of babes and infants.[c]

4 When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place— 5 What is man that you are mindful of him, and a son of man that you care for him? 6 Yet you have made him little less than a god, crowned him with glory and honor. 7 You have given him rule over the works of your hands, put all things at his feet: 8 All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field, 9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

10 O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!


  • WHAT WORDS OF DAVID'S SPEAKS FOR YOUR HEART?

  • WHAT FEELINGS SPRING FORTH IN YOU?

  • WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD'S ONGOING ACTION RECENTLY?