In Growing up to be a child I have explored what Jesus might have meant when he invited each of us to become like a little child. This is a radical and challenging invitation, one that calls us to a whole new process of development, one in which our heart and soul, and perhaps ultimately our body and mind too, will become all that our Creator intended them to be.
If we are going to take this challenge seriously, it surely cannot mean just reading about it, thinking how good and inspiring Jesus’ teaching is. Jesus himself challenged us not just to hear his words, but also to put them into practice (Luke 6: 46-49).
But any authentic response to Jesus’ words has to stem from an encounter with the living God, the one who loves us as a child.
These pages – a contemplative companion – provide what I hope will be a resource to enable you to draw closer to Jesus, to put yourself in that place where you can truly encounter God, and experience something of God’s great love for you; where you can be yourself – like a little child – with all your questions, doubts, thoughts and feelings.
The links to the different chapters are at the bottom of this page, and in the sub-menu on the home page.
The companion follows a simple format , with the same structure for each chapter of the book:
A stilling exercise, to help you be still, coming intentionally into the presence of the Holy One.
An extract from the book to reflect on.
Two options for encountering God through prayer. Usually this will take the form of (a) encountering God through scripture, using the disciplines of lectio divina and imaginative prayer; and (b) encountering God through some other discipline or medium.
A response to your encounter with God
Closing with the Lord’s prayer.
Please feel free to adapt and change this, to use your own prayers or liturgies, to explore, to be creative, to enter into a dynamic relationship with our loving God.
You may use these guides individually, or as a small group.
May God bless you as you go deeper into a relationship with him.
The contemplative companion
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