Welcome to scattered and sown, A weekly guided meditation based on the revised common lectionary.
This episode is a meditation based on John 1:6-8,19-28
For this meditation, find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for a few moments, and turn off any notifications on your devices.
Get into a comfortable position and close your eyes. Draw your attention to your breath. You don’t need to breathe deeper, just notice your breathing.
Recall that the oxygen you breathe in is being sent to every cell in your body. The cells in your feet, your fingers, your ears, and your brain. The carbon dioxide you are exhaling is in turn being breathed in by the plants, shrubs, and trees nearby.
Recall that all of this is a gift from God, and take a moment to be grateful to God for everything.
Ask God to be with you now, and to open your heart to this passage from the Gospel of John.
John the Evangelist tells us “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.”
We are told who this John IS.
He was sent from God. He came to testify to the light.
We are also told who he was not. He was not the light. Later, the crowd wants to identify him as the Messiah. Or Elijah. Or the prophet.
But, he was none of these.
He was the voice crying out in the wilderness.
There were things he was. Things he was sent to do.
But, there were things he wasn’t sent to be or do.
Just because someone wanted him to be something, or someone, else, didn’t mean that was his job.
So, who are you? Who are YOU?
Think back over your life and remember the best times. The best days. The best seasons. The highlights.
Give thanks to God for these times, and the way that these have shaped you into the person who you are.
Think back on the important people in your life. The people who shaped you. The people who believed in you. The people who helped you form your values. The people who were there for you in ways that no one else was.
Give thanks to God for them. For the ways, they helped form you into the person you are.
Think back on the hardest times in your life. The lowest points. The times you struggled, and grieved, and felt loss and hopelessness in your bones. The time’s other people let you down. The times you let yourself down. The times you felt God let you down.
If you are able, give thanks to God for the way that these times helped form you into the person you are. Give thanks for the things you learned.
Give thanks for the people who stood by you through this time. Give thanks, knowing, despite all appearances, God never left your side.
Now, think of the person you want to be. The things you want to accomplish. What are your wildest hopes and dreams for yourself and the world around you?
Think of the people who you would like to support, love, and lift up.
Think of the things that are crooked in this world that God wants you to help make right again.
Take all of this – all of these memories, and all of these hopes and dreams – and offer them up to God. Give thanks to God for who God has created you to be.
Ask God for the strength, wisdom, and courage to be this kind of person.
And now, with all that you are,
Let us pray,