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June 6, 2017

Christ for me. Christ in me. Christ through me.

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story

This breath prayer is one I say as a way of reminding myself who I am and to whom I belong.  It offers me peace, perspective and perseverance in times when I may be willing to believe my circumstances or voices from my past more readily than intentionally listening for what God has to say to me.

Read this, and then repeat it slowly as you quiet your spirit.

Christ for me.  Christ in me.  Christ through me.

Expanding on this prayer gave it depth, more truth, and more beauty in my spirit.

Christ for me.

Jesus Christ, the reason why I exist, in whom I am forgiven, why I am free.

Christ for me?

He is not against me.  He encourages, prompts, acts on my behalf, protects, guides and wants what is best for me.

Christ for me?

Yes, for me.  Not only for everyone in general, but for me, very specifically and very personally.

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Christ in me.

The Word, the Creator-God of the universe, the all-powerful one – Jesus, the Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of Peace.

Christ in me?

Decides to reside, to make his home in me.

Christ in me?

In this body, in this soul, in this life, in the here and now, right where I live.

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Christ through me.

He is active and alive, as much today as he was in the beginning of time.

Christ through me?

Works to redeem, restore, love, make right the wrongs in this time and place in a very particular, and rather peculiar way.

Christ through me?

Yes, through me, initiating action through my presence, through my work, through my hugs, through my words of affirmation, through my very being.  His intention is to live through me, as he made me to be.

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These statements are also true of you.  God is abundantly able to give you perspective on who you are through his eyes.

 

Questions for Reflection:

  • What part of this prayer is difficult to take in?
  • What part of this prayer speaks God’s truth to your soul?
  • Right now, might you be willing to ask God to speak to your spirit about these things?
  • Take some time to develop your own breath prayer for the coming season.  Share the short word or phrase with us in the comments section.

Scripture:
“God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit, he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.”  2 Corinthians 1:22 MSG

Prayer:
Faithful God, help me to know and live these words:  “Christ for me, Christ in me, Christ through me” in the depth of my being.  I pray this truth would heal and transform the wounded places in my soul so I may love you, others and myself more freely.

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