Being Sent Forth

Leaving what is known for what is unknown can be terrifying, exciting, or an uneventful step in a long process of change. Being sent away has always hurt more than leaving by my choice.

My prayer

God, trusting Your love when I am embodying the rupture in our relationship is hard for me on many levels. Help me to feel my pain and Your loving care in the same breath.

Biblical touchstone

God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24

Invitation to prayer

Close your eyes as you imagine yourself as God, fearfully coming to the realization that Adam and Eve were facing danger they couldn’t handle. Notice where in your body the fear is pooling. Let it grow until it is almost unbearable. Then, ask yourself, “What prayers are emerging from my heart, mind, and body?” Pray them now.

Photos
Adam and Eve leaving the Garden of Eden as sword-bearing angel stands behind them. The  two inner archivolts on the right side of the central bay of the North Porch at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

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