by Flora Slosson Wuellner
Relax your body and quiet your spirit for a time of prayerful meditation on John 14:2-3, as guided by Marjorie J. Thompson. This meditation, written by Flora Slosson Wuellner, is featured in the eCourse Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds.
Jesus said, “In my Father’s house, there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” —John 14:2
Relax. Close your eyes.
Visualize the Lord entering the room.
You sit together quietly for a while.
And then he invites you to walk with him through the rooms of a spacious, beautiful house.
The house has many rooms full of light and fresh air.
Finally, you come to a room whose door is still closed. Perhaps it has a name on it—a name like my future health, my future work, my future relationships, or my old age.
Jesus asks if you are willing for him to open the door and to go into the room to bless it.
If you consent, he opens the door, and leaving it open, he enters the room and fills it with a radiant light.
You remain standing on the threshold and do not try to enter.
All you can see is that healing beautiful light.
And you hear his voice.
“I have prepared this place for you. When some day you enter this door, you will feel warmly welcomed, ready, and expectant.”
Now visualize Jesus coming out of the room.
The door remains open, and the light flows out of the room, already surrounding you with warmth.
Together, you and the Lord walk back to your present place. A warm light still surrounding you in the present.
Bring your prayer to a close with thanksgiving.
You might think again of the words of Jesus.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself so that where I am there you may be also.” —John 14:3
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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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